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Scientists Seek Solutions to Lake Erie’s Algae Blooms
Experts spent two days comparing research findings about Lake Erie’s struggles with algae and to work on a report for government policymakers. Blue-green algae are native to Lake Erie, but the lake has been plagued by increasingly large masses over the past decade.

The algal blooms produce toxins and suck the oxygen from the water, creating “dead zones” where nothing can live. Phosphorus runoff from farms is considered the leading culprit, while sewage-treatment plants and septic tanks are sources of the pollution as well. Climate change is likely to promote algae blooms as well by boosting water temperatures and causing severe storms that wash huge volumes of nutrients into the lake.

 
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Dam Owner Holds Water Hostage on Friendship Lake - Weeds and algae are prolific on Friendship Lake. While the Lake District owns a weed harvester, they are unable to launch due to low water levels. Dam owner/operator Chuck Pheiffer claims it is safer to operate the dam with the low water levels and will not release water to replenish the lake, but is willing to sell the hydroelectric dam.


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