New York Times on Lake Erie's algal bloom crisis

Tom Jackson
Mar 15, 2013

 

The ongoing algal bloom crisis at Lake Erie apparently is beginning to attract national attention. The New York Times ran a major story today, "Spring Rain, Then Foul Algae in Ailing Lake Erie," that does a good job of pointing out the various trends that have contributed to the problem.

The story by Michael Wines says that if forecasts are correct, 2013 will be a wet year and there will be a major bloom, just as there was after major storms in 2011: "The spring rains reliably predict how serious the summer algae bloom will be: the more frequent and heavy the downpours, the worse the outbreak. And this year the National Weather Service says there is a higher probability than elsewhere of above-normal spring rains along the lake’s west end, where the algae first appear. The private forecaster Accuweather predicts a wetter than usual March and April throughout the region."