Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Environmental Emergency

Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio's largest inland lake (nearly 13,500 acres), continues to struggle with degraded water quality.
A popular recreational sight for boating, fishing and swimming, all water activities are now prohibited due to an outbreak of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). State actions for water quality improvement are underway including treatment of the polluted lake by replacing the bacteria with non-harmful algae and aeration. However, one of the primary causes of surplus nutrients entering the lake is the amount of farms in the watershed area. The Agriculture Dept. is addressing this problem.


This last photo clearly shows the greenish cast to the lake water.
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15 comments:

☺lani☺ said...

Nice post for E! Great shot! Have anice day!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures, Carol! And an informative post for the E Day! That last shot is awesome! Never seen water that green! Hey, you got some fantastic reflections, too! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Carver said...

Great shots and an excellent post about the environment issues.

Roger Owen Green said...

What a shame...great post, though.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leo said...

what a shame.. lot of lakes and rivers seem to be having this problem..


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Jingle said...

thoughtful e post.

Manang Kim said...

Nice post very informative!
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Paula Scott said...

Hear, hear! I agree.
And, wow, that really is an eerie emerald!

photowannabe said...

How sad to have the problem and to have it curtail summer fun. I hope the problem gets solved quickly.

Cheryl said...

Tough times for the environment. I wonder how they'll manage to stop the run-off from farms creating this problem. Very disturbing E post.

Vernz said...

I think everyone around the world has their share of this .. thanks for sharing

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jabblog said...

I hope the blue-green algae is soon cleared. It is so sad when water is contaminated in this way, often caused by poor farming hygiene.

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a shame that green is deadly! It looks so pretty and it makes such lovely reflections!

jay said...

Oh yeah .. blue-green algae. We have that here too, and several dogs have died after swimming in contaminated waters because apparently, it's toxic. :(

Dani said...

wonderful post. Thank you.