Toxic Lake Erie Algae Not a Threat To Lake Huron
A Manager with the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation says the algae contaminating Lake Erie is not a concern for Lake Huron.
Geoff Peach explains while algae is sometimes an issue in parts of Lake Huron, it’s not the same type of algae that produces toxins.
Peach points out the algae in Lake Erie that prevented residents of Toledo from drinking tap water is known as a blue-green algae which produces a toxin.
The algae that occasionally washes up on the other shoreline of Lake Huron often creates a very unpleasant odour but is not toxic.
Peach adds Lake Erie is a very shallow and fairly warm lake. He says that makes it particularly susceptible to the excessive nutrients that get into the lake and feed the algae.