Using the Maumee River as a case study, a report from the National Wildlife Federation shows how more frequent and heavy storms are exacerbating farm runoff - leading to the re-emergence of toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.
Peter Richards is a senior scientist at the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University. He says these algal blooms have various, harmful biological impacts.
In 2011, record-breaking rains led to historic toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie that covered more than three-thousand miles. Richards says this is an issue that needs to be addressed before it’s too late.
Besides providing drinking water for millions of people, Lake Erie also supports the region’s billion-dollar fishing industry.