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Category: Environmental Issues

Toledo Toxic Algae and Organic Lawn Care

August 07, 2014 by Alec McClennan

It is absolutely stunning that Toledo, a city along the richest reserve of Fresh Water in America would be without water for 3 days. Heres whats going on in Lake Erie for those of you who dont live in Toledo. Does it look like something youd like to drink? It has been a sea of toxic green algae that makes the water unusable for drinking or bathing. Boiling it wont fix the problem either. What Can We Do To Prevent Toxic Algae? Algae grows when there are excess nutrients in the water to feed it. Many of the nutrients in the Toldeo area come from Farms and Sewage Treatment Plants that allow excess nutrients to runoff down the drains and into the Maumee River which ultimately dumps into Lake Erie. There is not much you can do to prevent farmers from using synthetic fertilizers and raw sewage on their fields (other than lobbying your representatives) but you can make some changes right in your own back yard. Click Here For More Info on How Synthetic Fertilizers Cause other problems

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Lake Erie, Environmental Issues, Algae

Fertilizers Creating Toxic Algae in Lake Erie

March 20, 2013 by Alec McClennan

Did you know that in 2011 over 16% of Lake Erie was covered with Toxic Algae? Yuck. The algae reduces fish populations and threatens Ohios Tourism industry. Check out this article from the New York Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer about Lake Eries condition and how Fertilizer Runoff is hurting Lake Erie. The top picture here is from the beginning of the summer and the bottom is from the fall. You can see how much algae grew over the course of the summer. Scientists say that the algae feeds on fertilizer runoff. The rain in the spring, the more fertilizer washes off into the storm drains, rivers, and ultimately Lake Erie. Much of the fertilizer run off is from farms, but plenty comes from lawn fertilizers. Water soluble lawn fertilizers easily dissolve in water and wash right off your lawn (or sidewalk if you dont clean the fertilizer off of it) and contribute to the problem. Learn More about How Fertilizers Pollute the Water here Want some good news? There are a few things you can

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