Growing concerns as algae bloom reaches the Maumee River
TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO)-
This season’s will likely rank in the top 5 most potent Harmful Algal Blooms to ever impact Lake Erie.
Heat, humidity, and a lack of rain or wind in our local weather pattern have scientists concerned as this year’s bloom fails to shrink.
A large concentration of algae detected on the Maumee River, near Promenade Park has sparked a new round of testing in response to the threat of contamination.
While the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department ensures us there is no impact on the health of our drinking water, recreational sports aren’t so lucky.
Boaters on the lake and in the Maumee River are subject to sludge in their engine lines, scum on the hull of their boats and a blue-green algae resting atop recreational waters.
Over the next few weeks, we will see fewer hours of daylight and less sunlight to trigger photosynthesis for the growth of the bloom, but in the future, there’s one thing scientists know they can’t control.
Dr. Thomas Bridgeman, University of Toledo professor of Limnology and scientist at the Lake Erie Center says, “One of the big unknowables right now is the weather.” Bridgeman poses the questions, “Are we going to get more rainstorms in the spring or summer? How is our weather going to be changing in the coming years? That can tend to overwhelm anything that we try to do on the watershed.”
According to Bridgeman, ‘It’s going to take time.’
He says, it can be very expensive and time consuming to implement techniques that will expel Harmful Algal Blooms entirely from our water.
In the meantime, heavy rain could help to churn up the water and flush the algae out of the Maumee and down from the surface of the water.