Drought: Bad for Farms but Good for Lake Erie Health

Scientists say the algal bloom in Lake Erie should not pose as many problems this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today released its estimate of algae growth in the western basin of the lake. Toxic blooms over the last three years have caused problems for municipal water systems and human health, including skin conditions. National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Program Director Gail Hesse says drought conditions have not helped farmers this season but it is helping stem the algal bloom.


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Amy Miller


Amy has been working in public and commercial radio for the last 30 yrs. She is an award winning reporter and news anchor, born and raised in Detroit.

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