Great Lakes Now

Great Black Swamp

Clip: Episode 7 | 8m 15s Video has closed captioning.

This year’s algal bloom covered 620 square miles of Lake Erie by mid-August but, unlike in 2014, drinking water was not affected in nearby communities. The major cause of the blooms that many scientists point to is excessive nutrient runoff, mainly phosphorus and nitrogen from surrounding agriculture fields or wastewater. But the story of this modern crisis is tens of thousands of years old.

Aired: 10/28/19

Rating: NR

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