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Michigan declares Western basin of Lake Erie ‘impaired’ due to algae

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality has declared the Western Lake Erie Basin impaired due to excessive algae blooms.

In a news release, department officials state high levels of phosphorus are to blame.

“Today’s listing further supports hte need for the goals established by the Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaborative Agreement, singed in June of 2015, by Governor Rick Synder, Premier Kathleen Wynne, of the Province of Ontario and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor of Ohio,” the statement reads.

The agreement established the goals of reducing phosphorus, usually coming from fertilizer runoff from farm fields, of 40 per cent by 2025, with an interim goal of 20 per cent reduction by 2020.