Troubled Waters

Check out my latest article on Great Lakes Echo, April 17, 2013:

Troubled waters: Big, bad algal blooms could become new norm for Lake Erie

By Kathiann M. Kowalski

Lake Erie faces a greener future—and that’s bad. Scientists say harmful algal blooms like the one from 2011 will strike more often. More extreme weather and warming trends could also extend bad blooms’ duration.

As a result, Lake Erie’s aquatic life and wildlife in nearshore areas face more frequent exposure to toxins. Food webs face disruption. Fisheries will suffer. Lake Erie’s persistent dead zone will expand. And water chemistry will change.

The reason is that all trends that caused Lake Erie’s 2011 algal bloom show signs of continuing. Read more….

Photo: Tom Archer.  Courtesy of University of Michigan News Service

Photo: Tom Archer.
Courtesy of University of Michigan News Service

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