If you love Lake Erie, you want to protect it, right?

Good news today, with the announcement of $2.6 million in federal grants to protect the lake’s drinking water and clean up the Black River, which flows into the lake in Lorain.

$2.1 million: A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration three-year grant to the Cleveland Water Alliance, Great Lakes Observing System and a Michigan-based LimnoTech, to finish an online web portal for water quality data and add new instruments in the lake to detect toxins before they reach water treatment plants.

$500,000: A U.S. EPA grant to clean up the Black River in Lorain and improve water quality in the lake.

The news comes on the heels of a report saying Ohio, Michigan and Ontario need to do more to reduce the phosphorus that comes from fertilizer flowing into the lake and causing harmful algal blooms each September.

See the full story at cleveland.com.