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NWN Featured Article: A Natural Solution to Algae Problems in Western Lake Erie


By Ray Stewart

The western basin of Lake Erie receives nutrient-laden waters from agricultural watersheds in northwest Ohio, principally the Maumee River. The current landscape delivers highly enriched, silt-laden waters by means of drainage tiles and ditches, which fuel the algae blooms that have tainted the waters that millions depend on for drinking water and livelihood. Restoring the wetlands of the Great Black Swamp will be an essential part of the effort to reduce harmful algae blooms and cleaning up Lake Erie.  Read the full article...

This article appears in the May/June 2015 edition of the National Wetlands Newsletter.