LWTF Fall 2014 Newsletter

We really didn’t see this coming quite so soon!

In our last newsletter we explained certain blue green algae, present in Waramaug and most fresh water lakes, are now classified as bacteria and called cyanobacteria. When these “algae-bacteria” die off they release toxins. In very high concentrations this can pose a health threat if lake water is ingested.

Well this summer this happened big time for the city of Toledo, Ohio.

Toledo draws its water supply from Lake Erie. This August an algae bloom produced a large volume of cyanobacteria in the area of the Lake from which their water is drawn. As a result, the entire city of Toledo’s water supply was shut off for 3 days.

Read more here.