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$723,000 to Rid Drinking Water of Rotten Taste Due to Algae
Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, grow thick in Lake Erie, Grand Lake and other inland lakes each summer, feeding on phosphorus from manure that rain washes off farm fields. The algae can produce liver and nerve toxins that threaten people, pets and wildlife.

Columbus spent $723,000 to get rid of the rotten taste and smell in drinking water caused by toxic algae at Hoover Reservoir.

Toledo spent $3 million last summer to keep Lake Erie’s toxic algae out of the city’s drinking water. Dozens of water-treatment plants along Erie are in the same boat.

And in western Ohio, the city of Celina spends about $450,000 a year on problems at Grand Lake St. Marys, which has become the poster child for the state’s algae problems.

 
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Curly Leaf Pond Weed Could Cause Problems on Iowa Great Lakes - The presence of curly leaf pond weed and other aquatic plants is an indicator of excellent water quality in the lakes. According to Hawkins, water quality in most of the Iowa Great Lakes is the best it has been in the past couple of decades, based on monitoring. The weed can be mechanically removed, along with other vegetation from around docks and boat hoists.


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