July 19, 2019

SUFB 837: Lake Erie Predicted To Get Massive Algal Bloom In July

SUFB 837: Lake Erie Predicted To Get Massive Algal Bloom In July

Lake Erie has had a history of algal problems given that the agricultural industry surrounds the lake on both sides of the border and Western Lake Erie is very shallow giving way to warmer waters. Phosphorous that washes into the Lake from streams and...


High Spring rains and phosphorus are predicted to cause a massive algal bloom in Lake Erie as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Lake Erie has had a history of algal problems given that the agricultural industry surrounds the lake on both sides of the border and Western Lake Erie is very shallow giving way to warmer waters. Phosphorous that washes into the Lake from streams and rivers combined with the warmer waters is a great recipe for algal blooms. 

I talked about the harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico in past episodes that originates from the output of the Mississippi River.  

Algal blooms as large as the ones predicted in Lake Erie and the Gulf of Mexico can spell bad news for our fight against climate change. Find out why by listening to the show.

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