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"If climate change is a shark, then water is its teeth." Like a fish that doesn't notice the shark until it feels its sharp bite, humans will first feel the effects of climate change through water. Under current projections, most freshwater ecosystems globally will face ecologically significant impacts by the middle of this century.
Over the last decade we've seen an alarming decrease in the water quality of Lake Erie. The biggest issue facing the lake right now is the increasing number and size of harmful algal blooms -- which are caused largely from an excess amount of the nutrient phosphorous flowing into the lake.
Phosphorus is a key nutrient in aquatic systems, but excess phosphorous is the leading cause of the increase in the harmful blue-green algae that is becoming more common in the Great Lakes. Toxic and harmful algal bloom occurrences in Lake Erie pose risks to drinking supplies, quality of life and economic vitality.
Algal blooms are not a new for Lake Erie. In the 1960s and 70s, blooms were so bad the lake was described as "dead." But despite the success of earlier remedial measures, harmful algal blooms are back and bigger than ever. Algal blooms later this summer are expected to be among the worst ever seen in Lake Erie.
Canadians haven't yet faced a tap water ban this year due to toxic algae in Lake Erie, but they very well could see impacts from the phenomenon this month or next. That's a warning Raj Bejankiwar, a p...
A scientist at the International Joint Commission said massive algae blooms on Lake Erie are becoming "very difficult to control." Algae blooms are caused by an elevated level of phosphorus...
Lake Ontario glows a terrifying neon green in two photos released by NASA last week, but the cause may not be as scary as it seems. The first photo was taken by astronauts on the International Space S...
Canada and the U.S. should crack down on sources of phosphorus runoff blamed for a rash of harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie, an advisory agency said Thursday.The International Joint Commission said i...