Authorities recently started talks with officials from Indiana, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada, about overall goals to reduce the algae linked to contaminated drinking water and dead zones where fish can’t survive.
The measure was inspired by an outbreak on Lake Erie last August that made public drinking water supplies unsafe for two days.
Farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana are being asked to be part of the solution in fixing the algae problem in Lake Erie.
Detroit water officials say there are no concerns with the water that comes from Lake Huron.
Residents in Toledo are flocking to stores in Michigan in search of water after Ohio officials issued a “do not drink” warning.
The algae produces liver and nerve toxins that can not only sicken people and kill pets and wildlife but also take a bite out of the lake’s annual $11.5 billion annual tourism industry.
The warming climate and modern farming practices are creating ideal conditions for gigantic algae formations on Lake Erie, which could be potentially disastrous to the surrounding area’s multi-billion-dollar tourist economy.
Initial tests show stinky muck that collected in 2011 along the Lake St. Clair seawalls of some homes in St. Clair Shores is algae.
Environmental regulators from Michigan and Ohio say they’ll work together on solutions to the growing problem of algae blooms in western Lake Erie.
The Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor has been named the recipient of a $281,612 grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to map the location and extent of harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes.