Thanks for sharing... interesting article. Had the pleasure of working on a few water pollution control projects around the Cleveland area about four years ago. Compared to the condition of this Lake in the 1970's, Lake Erie's water quality has really improved within our modern times. Ohio has also tightened their belt over the years with stringent regulations/and oversight of enforcing regulations (especially in regards to stormwater management).
From what I read within the NYtimes article is the mention (more than once) of rain-algae-phosphorus. Sounds like stormwater run-off is one of the main culprits. Stormwater management can be a tough one to tackle. There are many solutions that can be applied to help correct the problems, but unfortunately (many times) the results take a long time to transform into a positive.
Last edited by wastewater; 03-16-2013 at 04:58 PM.