View Our Practice Areas

Algae Bloom Continues to Concern Western Lake Erie Basin Communities

Paul Bohn, Esq.

As the 2017 algae bloom approaches, there is rising concern for the communities who depend on Lake Erie for drinking water, tourism and recreational activities. The algae bloom typically lasts from mid-July through mid-October. Last week, the NOAA announced their final forecast for this summer's bloom and it doesn't look promising.

Phosphorus is the main nutrient causing the bloom of toxic algae. Runoff from farms washes excess manure and fertilizer containing high levels of phosphorus into local streams and rivers that feed Lake Erie.

Although there is already an agreement in place between U.S. governors in Michigan, Ohio and the Canadian Premier of Ontario to reduce the amount of phosphorus from runoff by 40% by 2025, these agreements require voluntary cooperation by farmers. With harmful algae production seeming inevitable for the foreseeable future, many people are left wondering why these regulations are not mandatory. What do you think about mandatory fertilizer regulations for farms whose runoff can enter the Great Lakes? 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Our Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Location:
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168

Toll Free: 888-674-1189
Toll Free: 800-693-4800
Phone: 248-468-4536
Fax: 248-380-3434
Map & Directions

  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Ann Arbor -2020