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Toledo faced an unprecedented water crisis Aug. 2-4: A massive toxic algal bloom in Lake Erie contaminated the city's water supply and made the water undrinkable for nearly 500,000 residents.
The immediate crisis has passed, but the threat to drinking water there and in other vulnerable Great Lakes communities persists. The same factors that led to Toledo’s water crisis, toxic algal blooms fueled by nutrient pollution running into Lake Erie, won’t go away until the larger problems of farmland runoff and sewage treatment are addressed.
Lake Erie is in danger from harmful algal blooms, and so are those who rely on it for drinking water.
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Graphic: Janice Enloe
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