This year’s harmful algal bloom could be slightly smaller than 2017, according to the forecast released Thursday by Ohio Sea Grant. Heavy spring rains washed a huge load of phosphorus — the main ingredient for the toxic blue-green algae — into the Maumee River. That’s despite the fact that many farmers couldn’t plant fields this…

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Think Lake Erie should have its own inalienable rights? A group called Toledoans for Safe Water thinks so, and they’re asking fellow residents to vote for a Lake Erie Bill of Rights in February. Check out the issue and what the city charter amendment would do, at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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You want to go to the beach. But you want to make sure the water is safe. Cleveland’s popular Edgewater Beach had a few bad water quality days this summer — a harmful algal bloom during the July 4 holiday week and then a sewer discharge in August. So RocktheLake delved into water quality —…

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Lake Erie matters in the terroir of Cleveland. The French word refers to wine, the natural environment grapes grow in, including soil, geography and climate. Michael Gill, the executive director of Cleveland’s Collective Arts Network (CAN), thinks the word also makes sense for artists. Which is why water emerged as a theme in the first-ever…

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Bipartisan Ohio legislators want a $100 million annual statewide bond issue to clean up Lake Erie and reduce harmful algal blooms that plague the lake each summer. Republicans Steve Arndt, a state representative from Port Clinton, and Randy Gardner, the Senate majority leader from Bowling Green, introduced the Clean Lake 2020 Plan in March. Democratic…

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Everyone knows Lake Erie has a harmful algal bloom problem. The evidence is literally bright green, toxic slime on the surface of the lake’s western basin each summer. The blooms are caused by excess phosphorus. But how exactly do you solve the problem? The Lake Erie Foundation wants to collect and analyze data to create…

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They came from yacht clubs and marinas all along Ohio’s north coast, to voice their concerns about Lake Erie. They worry about harmful algal blooms, invasive species, dredging, erosion, the dead zone in the central basin. They want Norfolk Southern railroad to raise the bridge over the Cuyahoga River more quickly, and renters of kayaks…

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