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NOAA Says This Year's Lake Erie Algae Bloom Season Was Mild

Oct 31, 2018

Lake Erie's algae bloom season is over for the year - and it wasn't as bad as scientists had expected. 

Elizabeth Miller of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports.

This year’s algae bloom was relatively mild according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… a three point six on the agency’s bloom severity scale, compared to an eight last year.

The forecast in July predicted the bloom would be severe and significant – a six. NOAA says the bloom started unusually early this year after Lake Erie started warming up in May. But A September storm created strong winds over Lake Erie that quote “disrupted the bloom,” and it was over by the first week of October. There were areas of green, paint-like scum on the waters of western Lake Erie, but nothing like last year’s bloom that drew national coverage and hurt Lake Erie tourism.