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Lake Erie - Harmful algal blooms are impacting Lake Erie

As lake waters continue to warm through late summer and early fall, there’s been an explosive growth of blue-green algae found in areas such as western parts of Lake Erie.

What You Need To Know

  • Each year harmful algae develops across the Great Lakes
  • Western parts of Lake Erie are usually hit the hardest with the toxic blooms during the summer and early fall
  • In the past decade, drinking water has been impacted especially in 2011 and 2014 in Toledo

This harmful algal bloom (HAB), cyanobacteria, has the ability to produce toxins that cause illness or death with humans or pets who come in contact with the contaminated water according to NOAA.

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