Farm Runoff is Polluting Lake Erie, New Report Says

  • Aerial image of Lake Erie with visible algal blooms. Photo: WBFO News

May 3, 2013

By Ashley Hassett

A new report called "Taken By Storm" released by the National Wildlife Federation is highlighting the issue of excessive fertilizer runoff into Lake Erie. The resulting algal blooms can seriously impact the health of those who rely on its water.

The report focuses on Ohio's Maumee River, ground zero for the algal blooms, and describes an increase of the toxic blooms in watersheds connected to Lake Erie, largely due to global warming.

The report notes that since 1995 the amount of dissolved reactive phosphorus entering Lake Erie from the Maumee River has increased 218 percent.

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