2/27/15 – 5:31 A.M.
Algae blooms on Lake Erie were a topic of conversation in Ottawa Thursday. Dr. Jeffrey Reutter is the director of Ohio Sea Grant and spoke at a conference on water quality issues. Reutter says Lake Erie is different than the other Great Lakes because it’s fairly shallow in comparison. He also said that it takes 20-50 days for water to “flush out” of the lake, which increases chances for algae blooms.
Reutter said phosphorous was the main cause of the blooms. He estimated cutting the amount of phosphorous by 40 percent would reduce the amount of algae issues.
Joe Logan of the Ohio Farmers Union said farmers will do their part to prevent run-off from getting into streams that lead to the lake. Logan added that by using best management practices with fertilizer it will keep more nutrients in fields and lead to less nutrients in the water.
The forum was sponsored by the Ohio Farmers Union and the Ohio Environmental Council.by Read More →