Algae are vital to the aquatic food web and healthy ecosystems. So why has algae become a problem? Over the past decade, Lake Erie's western basin has been plagued with harmful algal blooms (HABs) with a devastating impact on marine life, tourism, recreational and commercial fisheries, and drinking water. The science is clear that when excess amounts of nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen, which plants need to grow, flow unchecked into waterways, they act as a "superfood," casing the explosive growth of algae. 

Issue Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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