Lake Erie, Toxic Algae and 40 Years of Data

MODIS Tera true color image from July 2, 2015. This image shows the large sediment plumes from the Maumee River along with other rivers that enter Lake Erie associated with large storms throughout June.

Western Lake Erie may be headed toward another massive harmful algal bloom in 2015. A new website from Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research (NCWQR) offers a step-by-step explanation of how dissolved reactive phosphorus causes harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie. The NCWQR, led by Dr. David Baker, has been studying and measuring the sources of nutrients to Lake Erie for forty years.

Visit for a comprehensive look at Lake Erie’s history and struggles.


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