Ohio to Attack Algae by Spraying Lake

According to this story in today’s Columbus Dispatch, the state of Ohio is fighting back against toxic algae:

   About 40,000 gallons of liquid aluminum sulfate will be sprayed over 45 acres in six test sites on Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio today and Friday.

 Officials say they hope the material will starve the blue-green algae that have plagued a number of Ohio’s lakes this summer.

 The blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, are common in many Ohio lakes and streams. Phosphorus from manure, fertilizers and raw sewage helps them grow thick. The algae can produce liver and nerve toxins that can make people sick and kill pets and wildlife.

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