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Scientists seek solutions to Lake Erie algae – Associated Press

Scientists are developing proposals for dealing with the worsening problem of harmful algae in Lake Erie.

Experts from the U.S. and Canada met Monday and Tuesday in Windsor, Ontario, to discuss findings from research into blue-green algae blooms on the lake. They are toxic and have caused animal deaths.

The scientists are examining sources of phosphorus, the leading culprit behind the algae blooms. They’re also studying how climate change may contribute to the outbreak by causing increasingly severe storms, which promote runoff of nutrients from farms and cities.

via Associated Press.

Note: One of the presenters at this gathering is a researcher funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. His findings should help influence new nutrient load targets (especially for phosphorus), establish the need to determine natural and man-made phosphorus sources and look into how much farm fertilizer is stored in watershed soils. You can read more about his role in this news article.

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