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Maumee River causing problems for Lake Erie

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 The mighty Maumee River.

It's where you watch July fourth fireworks and where you walk during trips to the metro parks.

But it's what's in the water that's hurting Lake Erie and helping cause harmful algal blooms.

"The Maumee feeds the lake, so the water that you see will be in the lake in a short time," Rob Krain, Executive Director of the Black Swamp Conservancy said.

Krain says phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment running off into the water can be a recipe for disaster.

"It's coming from a variety of places, waste water treatment, residential lawns and farm fields," he told 13abc.

But there is work being done to help clean it up.

For instance, wetland and river side forest protection and restoration work.

But another big piece is education, for farmers and people who live in the watershed.

"I think we can cure this problem," Krain said.  "It's going to take a lot of hard work.  We're going to have to do some restoration and look at some of our municipal systems and our farms will have to continue to improve their practices."

It will also take upgrades to the city's outdated water treatment plant.

Luckily, the $265 million project is underway.

"They include a roof replacement project that is currently underway, as well as, additional treatment basins at the plant which will help us to deal with algal blooms in the lake," Andy McClure, Licensed Plant Administrator said.

The project won't be complete until 2019.

 

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