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Two More Ohio Lakes Face Closure Due To Toxic Algae

11, 2010

Another Ohio lake could be off limits to swimmers and boaters if lab results come back that it has toxic algae. The toxic scum have flourished in ponds and lakes across Ohio this summer. WOSU found out why.

Toxic Algae Spotted, Camp Bans Swimming

27, 2010

The blue-green algae that has taken over Grand Lake St. Marys this summer was discovered on a Y campground in Bellefontaine. Summer campers have been banned from swimming in the camp’s lake.

Tourism Suffering At Grand Lake St. Marys

July 12, 2010

Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio is the state’s largest inland lake. It’s a state park that for years has been a popular tourist destination. But farm runoff has polluted the waters. Now there’s an algae bloom that’s the worst in the lake’s history. Tourism is drying up and some local people are irritated by what they believe is inaction by state officials.

Scientists Combat Algal Blooms

12, 2006

It’s been called Return of the Green Slime. Gobs of algae have become more abundant over the past ten years in the Great Lakes, and especially in Lake Erie. But these algal blooms aren’t just a nuisance. They disrupt the ecosystem, hurt local economies, and can pose a serious health risk.