Over the recent years, there has been a green substance that has been appearing in the lake mid to late summer. This substance has been linked to the chemical run off that is draining into the lake from large produce farms in Indiana.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 13:00
The algae samples that are being tested and found in Lake Erie have been proven to be a "toxic chemical" resulting in several warning signs alerting people not to drink the water.
This year was a good year for the lake algae wise. The cooler weather has been a good thing in terms of sparking the algae growth. When the weather stays on the cooler side, there is not as much visable algae in the lake. However, when the weather is uncharacteristically warm that is when there is a lot of visable algae.
Not only are the weather patterns affecting the algae growth in the lake, but the new laws and regulations are also cutting down on the amount of growth that is appearing in the lake. Farmers are being required to use chemicals that are not harmful to the water.