posted on Oct, 10 2009 @ 01:31 PM
Here we go again.
I remember when Lake Erie was stinky and polluted at trip to the shoreline was out of the question.
Then, we cleaned up our act and the water got much better.
Lake Erie's shore line is again polluted, this time with gobs and gobs of green gooky algae, and this timne one of the algae forms is toxic.
Lake Erie is under attack from algae in a way not seen since the late 1960s and early 1970s. And this is more than just an aesthetic problem.
Among the species of algae that are fouling beaches, harming wildlife and threatening drinking water is a toxic form that has scientists around the
lake scrambling to control it.
That form -- known as Microcystis or blue-green algae -- is prevalent enough to be seen by from space as it clogs parts of the western half of Lake
Erie. More than 25 miles of the lake's coastline is in Michigan and most of Metro Detroit falls in the Lake Erie watershed.
Now, we pour a lot of phosphorus into our water via fertilizers.
The article blames farmers, but I think it's also because we just have to
have the GREENEST lawn on the block.
How many houses do you see with lawn care companies applying commercial fertilizers to residential lawns?
(Yes, I know some communities have banned the phosphorus and the organic fertilizers tend to have less or no phosphorus. Even Scotts has a no
They don't know for sure the cause of the bloom.
Factors other than fertilizers may be involved in this outbreak. These include, the Detroit River, frequent dredging, and the zebra mollusk.
I know that the canals on the east shore of Lake St Clair are also clogged with the green slime.
The article says othe area lakes, like Lake Huron, are having algae issues.