The Problem:

Every summer, Lake Erie is getting covered by larger, more harmful algal blooms. When algae grows out of control, it can suffocate fish, make water unsafe for drinking and swimming, and turn our waters a nasty shade of green. It can keep tourists away and put a dent in local fishing industries.

The main culprit behind the blooms in the Great Lakes is phosphorus runoff, with most of it coming from agricultural sources. By reducing phosphorus pollution, we can help keep our waters clean and not green.

Toledo algae crisis photo credit Dave Zapotosky The Blade

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Solutions:

We’re currently working to put in place a deposit return program for plastic bottles in Ontario. The program would help reduce plastic pollution and would also generate sustainable funding to help farmers decrease nutrient loss, and keep phosphorous on fields.

What you can do:

1. SIGN OUR PETITION

Sign our petition urging the Ontario and federal government to tackle algal blooms on the Great Lakes.

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2. LEARN MORE

Read our Clean, not Green: tackling algal blooms in the Great Lakes to find out more about how algal blooms are impacting the Great Lakes.

3. DOWNLOAD OUR TIP SHEET

Individuals can also help keep phosphorus out of our lakes and rivers. Download our tip sheet for some simple steps you can take.



4. MONITOR THE BLOOMS

Keep track: there are handy online tools that can help you follow where blooms are happening all summer long.