While initial predictions called for mild algal blooms during the season, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) reports that algal blooms observed in the western portion of Lake Erie may end up being the largest to occur in recent history. Researchers predict the cyanobacterial bloom could increase drinking water treatment costs and increase infection risk.
While expected to peak by September, algal bloom effects will vary depending on location and wind severity. Using their index, researchers expect this year's bloom to be an 8.7 (last year's was 6.5) with a range between 8.1 and 9.5.
And, while this is predicted to be the worst bloom in a while, NOAA lead researcher Dr. Richard Stumpf said that while the agency predicts a severe blow, that the majority of the lake will remain fine most of the season.
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