From the Toledo Blade:
To pop culture buffs, 1967 was the Summer of Love. Perhaps the Great Lakes region’s 40 million residents will look back at 2010 as the Summer of Bloom. Algae blooms, that is – not Flower Power. The Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources only recently began testing Ohio’s 400-some lakes for algae. Until now, the only testing had been for bacteria, even though western Lake Erie has had a recurrent bout with toxic algae the past 15 years. The methodology agencies are using to test for algae is, by their own admission, a work in progress.
Swimming advisories were in effect for 17 Ohio bodies of water as of Friday. Dozens haven’t been tested.
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