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Pelee Island algae alert hasn't impacted Ohio's Lake Erie shore
But, Erie County health officials are monitoring the Canadian island situation just 26 miles away
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Ohio health officials are closely watching the blue-green algae bloom around Canada's Pelee island.
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Health officials are warning residents of Canada’s Pelee Island not to use the water or beaches because of a Lake Erie toxic algae bloom. The island is just 26 miles north of Erie County on Ohio’s lake shore.

The county’s director of environmental health, Bob England, says the Pelee Island warning has put his department on higher alert. He says so far, none of the water treatment plants in Erie County have reported elevated levels of the blue-green algae. And he says they’re monitoring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s algae prediction site.

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“They can ... notify us two or three days in advance where they anticipate the algae bloom is going to be. So if we see it moving along the coastline in Erie County, or towards Kelly’s Island, which is within our health district, we would be on high alert and be communicating with ... our superintendents of water and utility operators and making sure they’re on high alert.”

The Pelee Island algae warning follows the early August alert in Toledo that left more than 400,000 people without drinking water for nearly three days. This week, Toledo’s water treatment plant director stepped down after the mayor called for his resignation.

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