What we’re watching: How does NOAA monitor harmful algal blooms?

Posted by: GLOS_Admin May 10, 2017

With the high water levels and flood events taking place around the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway it’s hard not to think about what must be running off of the land and into the water. Nutrients pouring into the lakes can provoke algal blooms similar to the one that left a half million people without drinking water in Toledo in the summer of 2014.

It is to prevent similar events that the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan puts resources into planning for these occurrences. This video gives us a peek into the amount of work that goes into forecasting and identifying algal occurrences.