Great Lakes - Moderate Algal Bloom Predicted
Monroe County boaters, swimmers and fisherman are expected to enjoy a prosperous year on Lake Erie, at least in terms of battling blue-green algae, after scientists recently predicted a moderate bloom of cyanobacteria in the waters this season.
Researchers for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a U.S. scientific agency, on Thursday anticipated this year’s algal bloom on Lake Erie to measure about 4.5 on the severity index — a forecast falling among the smaller blooms within the past decade and three points lower than 2019′s fifth most severe bloom — thanks to mild spring rainfall.
The bloom is predicted to arrive in late July and could range from 4 to 5.5, compared to 7.5 measured last year, according to NOAA. An index above 5 indicates the more severe blooms.
“A smaller bloom forecast for Lake Erie and the surrounding coastal communities is encouraging, but we cannot be complacent,” said Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “It is our hope that ... science-based tools will help local leaders plan for the predicted bloom and best position the community and its visitors to deal with what comes.”