Algae Forecast for 2018

Summer is here, meaning the time for swimming, fishing, and cottage weekends are upon us. Unfortunately, your favourite activities may be at risk this summer.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released this summer's forecast for harmful algae in Lake Erie, and the news isn't good. NOAA is predicting another significant algae bloom this year for Lake Erie. While forecast to be smaller than last year’s bloom, which rated an 8, this year is still predicted to be significant, rating a severity of 6.

It is important to note that the size of a bloom does not necessarily correlate with the toxicity. The 2014 bloom was relatively small but very toxic, causing 500,000 Toledo, Ohio and Pelee Island, Ont. residents to go without safe tap water for days, and unable to enjoy local beaches.

We talked to Radio-Canada about what this means for all of us who enjoy our Great Lake.