Health, environmental officials optimistic about Lake Erie

Last year, a bolstered response strategy to address damaging accumulation/population of algal blooms was coordinated by three joint Ohio health and environmental agencies — the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Health.

Dubbed “Know Before You Go,” the strategy alerted people to the bloom’s hazardous and potentially toxic effects. Ohio’s BeachGuard website, www.odh.ohio.gov/healthybeaches, listed multiple recreational public health advisories and water quality data for some toxins and E. coli bacterian for Ohio state park lake beaches and boat ramps as well as participating non-state public and private beaches.

Algal blooms present perpetual problems and are noticed more and more in not only lakes, but rivers and streams in recent years – and a “significant bloom” is expected this summer. However, health, outdoor and environmental officials concur Lake Erie’s health has never been stronger.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

“The partnerships working throughout Ohio’s Lake Erie Watershed are coordinating their efforts more closely than perhaps ever before. There is an increasing recognition of the value of water in our lives and to our livelihood, and we are using innovation and technology to improve our greatest natural resource.”

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