A new study led by the University of Michigan says nutrient pollution into Lake Erie needs to be cut nearly in half to reduce the size of the annual Lake Erie “dead zone” to an acceptable level. Complicating matters: climate change is expected to make such reductions more difficult, and the rise of a type of phosphorous that algae really like to eat.
Those involved said the land will be managed with the “spirit and intent” of a 2001 agreementthat led to the creation of the International Wildlife Refuge.
Authorities have suspended their search in Lake Erie for a Waterford Twp. man who disappeared after jumping in to save an 8-year-old boy.
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.
Federal experts will discuss the causes and potential consequences of low Great Lakes water levels during a Thursday seminar in Ann Arbor that also will be broadcast on the Web.
The U.S. Coast Guard said the bodies of two men who went missing while fishing in Monroe County have been pulled from Lake Erie.
Officials say some Asian carp probably have found their way into the Great Lakes, but there’s still time to stop the dreaded invaders from becoming established and unraveling food chains that support a $7 billion fishing industry and sensitive ecosystems.
Water levels across most of the Great Lakes are likely to remain well below average for the next six months, posing continued hardships for commercial vessels and tourist towns that cater to recreational boaters.
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.
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