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West Lake Erie again fighting bloom of algae – Toledo Blade

One of the greatest summertime headaches for western Lake Erie boaters and municipal water-treatment operators is back in full force.

A huge bloom of potentially toxic microcystis algae, which has reared its ugly head almost annually since 1995 after more than a 20-year absence, has been visible from space since at least July 22.

European Space Agency satellite photos given to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor show how it formed in the Monroe area, grew, and has fanned out to the Lake Erie islands.

via West Lake Erie again fighting bloom of algae – Toledo Blade.