Officials say Lake Erie algae bloom for 2018 not severe

Algae bloom broke apart after big September storm

Federal researchers say the harmful algae on Lake Erie for 2018 was relatively mild compared with past years.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the algae outbreak also fell short of what scientists were expecting.

An algae bloom was discovered forming in June in western Lake Erie a few weeks earlier than usual.

Officials attribute this to dry conditions settling across the region during the summer.

Scientists says the algae bloom broke apart after a big storm in early September and had disappeared by October.

In 2017 the algae on Lake Erie closely matched the third-most severe bloom during the past 15 years.

The potentially toxic algae blooms fed by farm fertilizer runoff and municipal sewage overflows are a threat to drinking water and aquatic life.

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