Informing Lake Erie Agriculture Nutrient Management via Scenario Evaluation – University of Michigan Study

See Lake Erie from the satellite daily.  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 spreadsheet on the right.  To see if a beach is ok: Current Ohio Beach Conditions.  For Western Lake Erie readings – in the season for  microcystin click on 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 Load(TMDL) which will tell us where the nutrients are coming from and how much – ie. wastewater, fertilizer, 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 were 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!

Lake Erie Lyngbya

Lyngbya is a form of algae that was first visible in western Lake Erie in 2006.
Click here for Lyngbya information.

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.

Report Algae When You See It

Algae OEPA

USEPA Dissolved oxygen

Lake Erie Nutrient Management Plan

U.S. Action Plan for Lake Erie

Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force II

Executive Summary: Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Wastewater Master Plan

Executive Summary: Detroit Wastewater Combined Sewer Overflows