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Warmer summers increase likelihood of type E botulism in Lake Erie wildlife

May 13th, 2011

The warmer the summer, the more dead birds and fish you can expect to see along the shores of Lake Erie, according to a recent study led by Alicia Perez-Fuentetaja, research scientist of the Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State College and associate professor of biology. The study appears online in the Journal of Great Lakes Research.

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Western Lake Erie facing ‘mother of all blue-green algae counts’

August 3rd, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports
A perfect storm may be brewing in Western Lake Erie.
Combine heavy spring rain, unusually high phosphorus levels in the Maumee and Sandusky rivers, overflows from Detroit and Toledo-area sewage plants and July’s hotter-than-average temperatures, and Erie is looking at one of the worst algae outbreaks in years.

Already, the algae has formed dense mats on calm days, particularly in the Toledo and Port Clinton areas. And the worst is yet to come: The annual peak occurs in early September.

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Great Lakes Center Study confirms Lake Erie is still sick

July 1st, 2010

A new study from Buffalo State College has found that, despite meeting targets outlined in the Clean Water Act of 1972, Lake Erie remains fundamentally unhealthy. The Nearshore and Offshore Lake Erie Nutrient Study, which concludes this month, followed a year of research headed by principal investigator Chris Pennuto, a research scientist with the Great Lakes Center and professor of biology. The fundamental question of the study was, “Why didn’t Lake Erie’s health improve as expected when the amount of phosphorus discharged into the lake decreased?”

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Pennsylvania issues fish consumption advisories for 2010

December 30th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Pennsylvania officials today released updated fish consumption advisories that include two new fish species and a water body that had not previously been on the list, but also eases or lifts advisories on fish from seven water bodies.

Walleye (Photo: Duane Raver/USFWS)

Walleye (Photo: Duane Raver/USFWS)

The advisories were developed through an interagency partnership between the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the state departments of Environmental Protection, Health and Agriculture.

“Consumption advisories are not intended to discourage anyone from fishing or eating fresh fish in moderation,” Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said in a statement. “However, at-risk groups and people who regularly eat sport fish are most susceptible to contaminants that can build up in fish over time and should space out fish meals according to these advisories, and in consultation with their physician.”

The advisories do not apply to fish raised for commercial purposes or bought in stores or restaurants.

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