Scientists Predict Potentially Harmful Algae Bloom on Lake Erie This Summer

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PHOTO BY ERIC SANDY
  • Photo by Eric Sandy
Bad news just keeps coming for Lake Erie, as scientists have now predicted that the shallowest of the Great Lakes will most likely see a significant, nasty green algae bloom back again this summer on its west side.

Already this summer paint primer was leaked into the lake, a government report described the great lakes as being in bad condition and one lakeside resort built a pool so customers didn't have to swim in the lake's questionable depths. This all on top of President Trump attempting to cut funding for the cleanup of the waters.

Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and research partners released its algae forecast, predicting that the bloom could be potentially harmful. However, they don't expect it to reach the huge level of the 2011 and 2015 blooms.

For anyone still wanting to go for a dip, here's how to know when it's safe to swim in Lake Erie.

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