Researchers ready to release Lake Erie algae forecast

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) — Researchers are ready to predict whether they think algae blooms will be a problem on Lake Erie again this year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will release its summer forecast for the lake on Thursday.

Algae blooms fueled by farm runoff and sewage treatment plants have taken hold in the western third of the lake between Toledo and Cleveland over the last decade.

The algae bloom that spread across the lake last summer was the largest on record.

Scum from that bloom covered about 300 square miles in early and mid-August.