If Lake Erie’s greenish hue hasn’t given it away, Cleveland has a bit of algal bloom problem. It’s nothing new — the slimy biomasses, fueled by warm temperatures and phosphorous from fertilizers, have been plaguing the Great Lake since 2002 — but the organisms continue to do great damage to the ecosystem by depriving the lake of valuable oxygen. They also produce a liver toxin, making swimming a dangerous proposition and harming the area’s tourism industry in the process.
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