This summer will bring a return of green waters to parts of
Lake Erie this year. The green waters have been around before, and occur due to
the toxic algae Cyanobacteria. This is the scientific name for algae that is
blue/green in color.
Cyanobacteria are naturally occurring, tiny organisms found
on water surfaces. Occasionally, they multiply into numbers that become harmful
to humans and other living organisms. The main culprit in forming cyanobacteria
is phosphorus. Phosphorus is found in fertilizer run off which makes its way
into the lake.
When phosphorus enters the water, it helps cyanobacteria to
multiply which depletes water of its oxygen. This creates a dead zone where
fish and other water life cannot survive. In addition to a harmful environment
for water life, cities are forced to spend even more money to treat drinking
water for the public.
Rainfall and warm waters will enhance the reproduction of
the bacteria in the lake. There are no laws in place against phosphorus run
off, though an advisory agency has recommended that the government requires "best
management practices" to reduce the amount of phosphorus used by farmers.
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