Public Water Systems Watch for Toxic Algae in Lake Champlain 

August 13, 2014 2:15 PM

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For three days earlier this month, officials in Ohio warned a half-million residents not to drink their tap water. The reason? Water samples had tested positive for a toxin due to the massive blue-green algae bloom that hovered over Toledo's public drinking-water-intake pipe in Lake Erie.

The proliferation of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, is a problem in lakes across the country, including Lake Champlain. Fueled by excess phosphorous in the water from farms, fertilizers and road runoff, algae blooms appear perennially in Lake Champlain in late summer and early fall. ...

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