Plan to protect Lake Erie from algae blooms isn’t working, study shows

Read the full story in the Detroit Free Press.

Miles of green, mucky and potentially toxic algae blooms on western Lake Erie — and the oxygen-deprived dead zones in the Great Lake that come with them — have led Ohio to spend more than $3 billion to combat them since 2011. Michigan has chipped in millions of dollars of its own, seeking to dramatically cut a major source of fuel for the algae blooms: fertilizers that run off farmers’ fields into tributaries and on to the Great Lake.

But those efforts aren’t working, a new study by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency finds. At least not yet.

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