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."