UPDATED - On August 3, 2014 - from the Toledo Blade - "A once-unthinkable crisis in the world’s greatest freshwater region — sent more than 500,000 metro Toledo residents scrambling for bottled water."
A toxin produced by the harmful blue-green algae known as microcystis contaminated municipal water supplies in Northwestern Ohio and Southern Michigan.
The cause of the microcystis algae bloom is primarily phosphorus from farm fertilizer runoff, and the amount of phosphorus determines the bloom’s size. Scientists are also learning that another farm fertilizer, nitrogen, affects the size and composition of the annual bloom.
Toledo sits on the shoreline of the Great Lakes, which holds approximately 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water." Read more
In the summer and fall, harmful algal blooms are a major environmental problem in all 50 states. You've probably heard about red tides, blue-green algae or cyanobacteria, harmful algal blooms, but do you know about their severe impact on human health?
Harmful algal blooms create toxins and compounds are toxic to human health. There are several ways that people (and pets) can be exposed to these toxic compounds.
Drinking, accidentally swallowing or swimming in water affected by a harmful algal bloom can cause serious health problems.
The World Health Organization (WHO) in its Guidelines for Safe Recreational Water Environments, Vol. 1, Coastal and Fresh Waters, offers guidelines to follow when algal blooms are present:
If you'd like more information about toxic algae blooms, what causes them and how you can help, please visit some of these links: