Informing Lake Erie Agrifdulture Nutrient Management via scenario Evaluation University of Michigan March 2016

See Lake Erie from the satellite daily - go to : Lake Erie daily satellite images from NOAA Modis.  This provides daily satellite imagery of Lake Erie where you can easily see where the algae/ice are.  For updated algae beach warnings and microcystin readings: Ohio EPA Beach Algae warnings and microcystin readings at intakes and beaches – click on excel spread sheet on right.  To see if a beach is ok: Current Ohio Beach Conditions.  Far Western Lake Erie readings – in season for  microcystin – West Erie microcystin NOAA testing

Most important to reduce Lake Erie algae is to declare the western basin and if possible the central basins ‘ImpaIred’ under the Clean Water Act followed by a Total Maxi,u, Daily Laod(TMDL) which will tell us where the nutrients are coming from and how much – ie. wastewaer, fertlizer, manure, storm water, failing septic tanks.  Without this baseline data,

Lake Erie- threatened by Algae

2015 was the worst Lake Erie algae year on record followed by 2011 when the  algae extended from Toledo past Cleveland and along the Ontario shoreline.  The algae was found over ten miles from shore and up to 60’ in depth.  The algae was so bad that it slowed down boat motors.

Lake Erie was the poster child for the Clean Water Act.  The lake is once again plunging into tough times with massive amounts of toxic algae that cost water plants $Thousands daily and threaten the fishery that supports 10,000 jobs and puts the spinoff $1 billion of economic activity at risk.   While the Chesapeake, Mississippi, and Florida/Everglades are addressing nutrients/algae, the Great Lakes, Lake Erie, has no plan/course of action to stop the greening of Lake Erie water.  We need only to look at Ohio’s largest inland lake, Grand Lake St. Marys- 13,000 acres that was so bad in 2010, there was a no contact advisory and boats were advised to stay out of the water.  WE NEED ACTION TO REDUCE LAKE ERIE NUTRIENTS NOW

Report Algae when you see it

Algae 101 – Ohio Department of Health

Algae OEPA

USEPA Dissolved oxygen

Lake Erie Management Plan

Lake Erie Nutrient Management Plan

Ohio Phosphorus Task Force Report Link 

Lake Erie Phosphorous and Nitrogen sources – USGS Report

Detroit Wastewater operational sewage sludge

Detroit Wastewater combined sewer overflows

Manure applications and algae

Agricultural practices