Algae, in general, may appear harmless but a recent algae bloom that took over the area between northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan and a far southwestern portion of Ontario is starting to concern researchers. An US – Canadian advisory agency is going to look over the risks and costs of the not-so-natural phenomena.
The main reason behind the re-assessment is the event that took place last August, when more than 400,000 people who live in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan were “not advised” to drink tap water anymore.
Researchers are now urged to find a solution since a do-not-drink order has been released over Toledo and lasted for two days.
A commission was held in Toledo, where residents were asked for help to reduce the amount of waste debris in the water supply. The reason behind the algae blooms is supposedly the amount of phosphorus present in the water. The phosphorus usually comes from comes from farm fertilizers or sewage overflows.
Even though Toledo has already spent millions of dollars in regards to the water problem, it is not yet certain how much the ongoing events are still costing them.
According to a report by Toledo Blade, scientists are more concerned about the farm heavy area of the Maumee River watershed, while Great Lakes scientists are also taking Detroit River into consideration. Researches are trying to find out an approximate amount of phosphorus that flows from the Detroit River and contribute to the algal growth.
Almost 90 percent of the water supply in Lake Erie is given by the Detroit River. The River is also home of the Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant which is the third-largest sewing plant and has a long record of violations.
The twenty four mile river is actually a channel that connects Lake St, Clair to Lake Erie and has a current so strong that it needs freighters to be adjusted.
Scientists are still pursuing their lead and desire a forced ban, which will have more effective and fast result. However, many politicians choose to have a friendlier approach, searching for the help of people rather than forcing them into stopping the waste.
Lana Pollack, U.S. chairwoman of the commission noted:
“It may have to get worse before it gets better.”
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