Harmful algal bloom report released

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - In August of 2014, a toxic algae bloom prompted a do-not drink order for nearly half-a-million people in Northwest Ohio. Following the crisis, several Ohio state agencies and universities began working together to find out more about our drinking water.

The program is called the Ohio Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, or HABRI. The group just released its newest report, which can be read by clicking the "view full report" link on this website.

The task force includes representatives from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the National Wildlife Federation, the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Ohio State University, the University of Toledo and the Ohio Sea Grant College Program in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey.