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Hurting businesses: Officials take tour of Lake Erie algae bloom –

September 18, 2017

Dave Spangler, vice president of the Lake Erie Charter Association, told people aboard his vessel the noxious algae has driven away 25 to 30 percent of his business, and hurt property values near his lakefront condo.

“Our business is entirely tied to what is going on in the lake,” Mr. Spangler, one of three charter boat captains shuttling 50 attendees out...

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High levels of Microcystin toxin & E Coli – Advisory at Maumee (OH) State Park

September 3, 2017

Algae advisory keeps many away from Maumee Bay State Park

Signs on Beach: 
Avoid water:
"That looks like spilled paint"
"Has Green globs floating below the Surface"

"Avoid Swallowing Lake Water"

The beaches at Maumee Bay State Park were unusually empty Sunday, and it might not be just the unseasonally cool temperatures keeping swimmers away.


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Time to call Lake Erie what it is — impaired

August 31, 2017

Questions may remain for some about the wisdom of declaring western Lake Erie impaired under the federal Clean Water Act. But reality is knocking at the door. The mayor of Toledo and the governor of Ohio resist this designation. They believe the impaired label will drive away tourists and discourage businesses and people...

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Toledo Blade cartoonist: Ohio Farm Bureau & DBM*

August 31, 2017

[caption id="attachment_2289" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Toledo Blade: Ohio Farm Bureau's relationship to local fish *DBM = Death by Manure. Credit: Toledo Blade, Kirk Walters[/caption]...

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State, federal government need to do more to protect our waterways

August 29, 2017

A fish kill in Williams County on Aug. 17 highlights in stark terms the failure of Ohio in dealing with animal waste and fertilizer runoff into the state’s waterways.

On the same day as about 15,000 fish suffocated when ammonia from manure flowed into Beaver Creek in eastern Williams County, Mike Ferner of Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie, Frank Szollosi of...

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Authorities investigate death of thousands of fish in Williams County, OH [W of Toledo]

August 24, 2017

WEST JEFFERSON, Ohio — Manure spread across more than 100 acres of farmland just before a major thunderstorm rolled in killed “close to 15,000” fish in eastern Williams...

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Algal blooms cost Ohio homeowners $152 million over 6 years

August 17, 2017

Property values fall, as do fishing license sales, two studies find - first ever (OSU)

COLUMBUS, Ohio—In a new study, researchers at The Ohio State University estimate algal blooms at two Ohio lakes cost Ohio homeowners $152 million in lost property value over six years.

Meanwhile, a related study suggests that algae is driving anglers away from Lake Erie, causing fishing license...

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Toledo Blade hosts editorial forum on health of Lake Erie

August 17, 2017

Activists call for 'impaired' designation for western basin

hree local environmental activists called on Toledo and Ohio leaders Thursday to more vigorously pursue “impaired” status for western Lake Erie under the Clean Water Act, arguing that merely monitoring pollutants after they’ve entered the lake will not solve the lake’s algae problem.

While Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and Ohio Gov. John Kasich...

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Scavia (UM)- Nutrient pollution:Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms

August 1, 2017

Summer is the season for harmful algae blooms in many U.S. lakes and bays. They occur when water bodies become overloaded with nitrogen and phosphorus from farms, water treatment plants and other sources. Warm water and lots of nutrients promote rapid growth of algae that can be toxic and potentially fatal to aquatic life and people.

Eventually algae settle to the bottom...

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