Commission focuses on algae growth in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND (AP) — Reducing harmful algae and pollution in Lake Erie is one of the goals of a joint U.S.-Canadian commission that strives to solve water problems.

The health of Lake Erie was the primary topic at the Great Lakes Town Hall on Monday night hosted by the International Joint Commission.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that commission members discussed the Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority, a three-year plan to study the economic, social and scientific issues tied to destructive algae blooms.

Fertilizers and untreated waste are some of the substances that produce phosphorous, which provides food for the bad algae. Bad algae takes so much oxygen out of the water that it can lead to widespread fish kills.

Both the U.S. and Canadian governments are working to lower nutrient pollution in the lake.

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