It's looking like a smaller than normal algae bloom this year in Lake Erie. But it's not the only place dealing with the green goo. Experts agree the algae bloom will not be totally gone this year. It lives on but it some newer places. This year's first noticeable bloom is stuck in the Maumee River
The UT research boat will be scanning the Maumee River to evaluate and test an early and toxic bloom that has engulfed a large area. “To put it simply, don’t go in the water,” says Zachary Swan who is a UT grad student. “I would not recommend anyone touching the water.”
In Toledo, when it comes to recycling the problem isn't that people aren't recycling. Leaders say the real issue is that too many residents are doing it wrong, costing more time, energy, and resources to sort through trash dumped into the wrong bin.
The latest update from NOAA shows medium-high levels of microcystin, or harmful algae, in the western part of the lake. Scientists say the green goop spans 11 miles east along Ohio's coast and 20 miles north from Maumee Bay along Michigan's coast.
NOAA scientists say algae is starting to grow along the shore and six miles into the lake off Maumee Bay. Recent samples show toxin levels are non-detectable meaning there's no concerns for tap water safety.
A new $52,000,000 dollar Ozonation facility will be able to keep Toledo's drinking water safe from toxic algae. The plant is being built at the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant and is expected to be completed by August of 2020. The plant is 17% completed.