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Algae Blooms Continue to Take Their Toll on Marine Life
Signs, posted for months this past summer and fall, warned would be swimmers and fishermen that the blue-green algae in the water was toxic to human health, a situation that infuriated and frightened thousands of residents.

Not all areas of the lagoon system have warning signs posted, but experts say the toxic blooms were triggered by polluted water running into the canal. In general, algae blooms occur periodically worldwide, but scientists can’t recall a wave of algal blooms like this, killing fish and shellfish and keeping people out of the water.

The prevailing theory is that increases in nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, fed botht he superbloom and the brown tide blooms.

 
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Drinking water Faces Threat - A recent risk assessment of Sudbury’s 22 wells and three surface water intakes performed by the Greater Sudbury Source Water Protection Committee has identified more than 200 significant threats to Ramsey Lake alone which is the source of water for 60,000 residents. Frances Caldarelli expressed amazement and stated “What this tells us is that having septic systems on lakes that our drinking water comes from is not acceptable.”


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