The Great Lakes Business Network (GLBN) has released a first-of-its-kind report addressing Lake Erie algal blooms.
This report highlights stories from businesses along Lake Erie, how harmful algal blooms are impacting their bottom lines and communities, and what can be done by policy makers in Ontario, Ohio and Michigan to address the problem.
The policy recommendations for Lake Erie harmful algal blooms are a part of GLBN’s efforts to advocate for change and tackle urgent environmental threats that harm the Great Lakes and undermine local economies.
The Great Lakes are essential to our local economies and our businesses. Unfortunately, toxic algal blooms continue to hurt local businesses and economies by poisoning drinking water, closing beaches and harming recreation.
The report highlights the need to enforce clear standards to control the excess fertilizer and animal waste from farms which is a key contributor to toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.
The report highlights key statistics showing the negative impact of algal blooms:
Businesses are recommending practical solutions to reduce harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie because they are the ones paying the price for agri-business’ failure to control their waste and follow best practices. The recommendation includes the collaboration of Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario in meeting their commitments to reducing harmful algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie by 40% by 2025.
For Ohio policy makers, GLBN is recommending a three-pronged approach:
For Michigan policy makers, GLBN is recommending:
For policy makers in Ontario where remediation is further behind, GLBN is recommending:
Common-sense solutions to reduce harmful algal blooms are needed to protect the economic vitality of the region. A clean Lake Erie is good for business – and the GLBN will continue to push for changes to policies that will reduce threats like harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.