News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Levin Furniture

Don Drumm Studios

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us

Cuyahoga County tries to get ahead of toxic algae
A summit following serious drinking water problems in Toledo aims to coordinate local resources

Kevin Niedermier
NASA satellite images of algae growth in Lake Erie.
Courtesy of Cuyahoga COunty
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Like Toledo, Cuyahoga County gets its drinking water from Lake Erie. And its leaders are preparing for the possibility of problems related to toxic algae blooms.
Today’s Summit follows the algae contamination last weekend off Toledo’s shore that left about a half-million people without water for nearly three days. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on the reaction.

LISTEN: Preparing for trouble

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:13)

Lake Erie’s deeper central basin is less likely to be hit with a toxic algae bloom like the one that struck the western basin near Toledo.

Still, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald hosted a summit of policy makers and officials from the region’s health, water treatment, and emergency management departments. The objective is a coordinated approach to the algae issue.  Kent State University professor Robert Heath studies Lake Erie’s eco-system. He told the gathering he believes the Cuyahoga County response is positive.

“I think we’ve learned that the various individual partners are separately prepared to handle their piece of the equation. What we also learned is that we need to come together into a summit where we actively integrate our various knowledge bases and concerns and interests in working together.”

The summit was an off-shoot of “Lake-Stat,” an on-going effort County Executive FitzGerald established last year to monitor Lake Erie’s condition.

Meanwhile, the Ohio EPA is considering a takeover of Toledo’s 73-year-old water treatment facility after the algae contamination crisis there.

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Charter reform bill includes controversial change for some teachers
I work for a former White Hat charter school; it was sold to another (for-profit) company this past summer and we were told that they would not pay into STRS/PE...

Bhutanese resettlement has had a big economic impact
Informative especially for nonmembers of North Hill. I appreciate the fact that you mention that the younger generation has an easier time than the elders but t...

Ottawa County Commissioner sworn in as new house member
Congratulations on your new appointment to the Ohio House. I'm certain you will do an outstanding job in your new role representing our district. When you have...

Holden Arboretum opens a new canopy walk and emergent tower
Visited the Holden Arboretum today to witness the incredible work you did constructing the tower and bridges.WOW! Very impressed. Knew the build had to be great...

Local club works to bring back the once-prevalent American elm
I would love to help! Where would I get some of the new Strain so I could plant them?

Four Geauga school districts consider consolidating on the Kent State campus
Berkshire was smart to merge with Ledgemont because it had shrinking enrollment and excess capacity at its high school. Now that Cardinal is dragging its feet ...

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Lawmakers call for indefinite freeze on Green Energy standards
It's a shame the Hudson Rep. Chooses to mimic the words of the extreme right senator on his way out to join ALEC when we know the Pope was just here because of...

Youngstown Schools file suit against the Ohio Department of Education to stop the implementation of an academic distress commission
Voters should ask WHY this plan was rushed into law under the cover of darkness. What clues point to the beneficiaries of this plan? Both Patrick O'Donnell of...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University