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Scientists Tune up Lake Erie's Alarm System for Toxic Algae Blooms

We’re another day closer to spring, but still — with daytime temperatures struggling to reach 20 degrees for at least the first couple of days this week — few people are getting their swimsuits and suntan lotion ready yet.

It won’t be long, though, before we’re out basking in the sun and taking walks along beaches again.

We like that feeling of sand between our toes and the heat of summer caressing our skin. What we don’t like, though, is the annual anxiety that comes between June and October, when we wonder if there is toxin-producing algae growing in western Lake Erie, the Maumee River, Sandusky Bay, and other large bodies of northwest Ohio water that will foul the region’s tap water.


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