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(Toledo News Now) -
Algae, ‘the green menace,' is becoming more of a serious
threat to the region's source of drinking water, according to researchers on
day one of the American Water Works Association
conference taking place at the Seagate Centre.
"The problem is getting worse. It's driven largely, not
only by agricultural patterns, but by weather," said Dr. Tom Bridgeman with the
University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center.
Bridgeman says more focus needs to be placed on
preventing phosphorus fertilizers from being flushed into the Lake Erie
"What we can control is whether the rainfall that falls
on our watershed washes fertilizers into the tributaries that makes its way
into the lake," he said.
Dr. David Baker with the National Center for Water
Quality Research says while efforts to control agricultural erosion have been
successful, water in Lake Erie's western basin has become ‘a broth' for growing
"The most inexpensive way for farmers to apply phosphorus
fertilizer is to broadcast it, simply spread it around on the surface," Baker
said. "Dissolved phosphorus, which is more bio-available to algae, has, in fact,
Researchers agree any changes moving forward have to be
cost-effective and practical for Ohio's agricultural business.