Water Pollution

NOAA Forecast Calls For ‘Significant' Harmful Algal Blooms In Lake Erie

Environmental groups sounded the alarm over the forecast, calling the bloom outlook "severe."

"With a bloom of this size and scale expected, it is clear that this problem can only be addressed at the source," said Nicholas Mandros, regional coordinator with the Ohio Environmental Council. "Toxic algae is primarily caused by agricultural runoff, and Ohio's voluntary approach simply isn't enough to curb the algae-causing pollution flowing into Lake Erie."

Third-largest harmful algal bloom could potentially grow in Lake Erie this summer, forecasters say

"With a bloom of this size and scale expected, it is clear that this problem can only be addressed at the source," said Nicholas Mandros of the Ohio Environmental Council. "Toxic algae is primarily caused by agricultural runoff, and Ohio's voluntary approach simply isn't enough to curb the algae-causing pollution flowing into Lake Erie."

Algae bloom concerns: Survey of Lake Erie shows it could keep some out of the water

Environmentalists say voluntary measures in Ohio, Michigan, New York and Canada to cut back aren't working.

“The situation is getting worse and so we're calling for a lot of common sense things that a lot of small-time farmers are implementing. It's just those big industrial farms aren't hitting on this yet; they're skirting around it," Max Schaefer with Ohio Environmental Council said.

Safe drinking water for all…but for how long?

By mid-year 2016, Flint, Michigan became a symbol for America’s emerging drinking water crises. Flint’s water issues began long before 2016, and the city’s residents continue to deal with the devastating impacts of the water crisis. Flint, Michigan became the red flag alerting us to larger-systemic issues. Since Flint, the number of water-related incidents have exploded in the news. To understand these issues and incidents, we must understand how our drinking water is protected, affected, and provided.

The Trump Administration takes aim at programs that protect our drinking water

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will release their 2017 Lake Erie forecast tomorrow. Early forecasts predict Lake Erie may see severe growths of toxic algae this summer.

In 2015, Governor Kasich committed Ohio to a 40% reduction in phosphorus pollution by 2025. Science shows this goal is necessary to prevent toxic algae and foster a healthy Lake Erie. Ohio has a lot of work to do to meet that goal, and the data reflected in the NOAA forecast helps us determine our progress.

Barberton Steel Industries issued violation after mineral oil spill into Tuscarawas River

The Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy organization based in Columbus, said that despite the quick clean up, the oil spill will likely still have adverse effects on the river’s ecosystem.

“There is definitely potential for there to be toxic chemicals in that material,” explained Melanie Houston, Director of Oil & Gas for the Ohio Environmental Council.

How NW Ohio farmers are trying to shrink Lake Erie toxic algal blooms

"I know there are farmers out there doing good things, and they should be applauded," said Kristy Meyer, managing director of Natural Resources at the Ohio Environmental Council.

"But they're not doing it on the scale necessary to make a significant difference in the water quality being discharged into Lake Erie. They need to do much more."

Ohio needs common sense regulations, Meyer said. Too many farmers run their fields the way their families have run them for generations, without applying smart conservation practices, she said.

How Ohio farmers are trying to shrink Lake Erie toxic algal blooms

"I know there are farmers out there doing good things, and they should be applauded," said Kristy Meyer, managing director of Natural Resources at the Ohio Environmental Council.

"But they're not doing it on the scale necessary to make a significant difference in the water quality being discharged into Lake Erie. They need to do much more."

Ohio needs common sense regulations, Meyer said. Too many farmers run their fields the way their families have run them for generations, without applying smart conservation practices, she said.

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