Lyngbya

Lake Erie Lyngbya

Lyngbya is a form of algae that was first visible in western Lake Erie in 2006.
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This algae forms hair like massive mats.  By 2007 there were lyngbya island in Maumee Bay – there were pile up on shore up to eight feet deep.  By 2009 the lyngbya was all but gone on the southern shores of Maumee Bay.  The reason for the lyngbya reduction may be Toledo’s installation of storage areas so that the amount of sewage coming into Maumee is substantially reduced.  This is what happened in Highpoint, North Carolina.