(10-8-17) On September 26th Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson announced she would support an effort to get Lake Erie’s western basin declared impaired because of excessive algae from Lake Erie and the Maumee River.

“It is about the Clean Water Act but it is also about climate change. It’s about us really looking at what has really happened today … I am going to do every thing I really can to make a dent in this problem we are facing.”

She started her effort by mailing a letter to President Trump to ask for help with this very serious issue.

Letter to Donald Trump

She comments in her letter:

Mayor of Toledo Paula Hicks-Hudson
Mayor of Toledo Paula Hicks-Hudson

I believe that a strong Executive Order requiring real change will help to restore the water quality of our national treasure.

We just need you to be strong for Toledo

In an update from yesterday the City of Toledo released the following statement on their drinking water quality which comes from Lake Erie:

Our water is safe to drink. (10-7-17)

We are focused on producing safe, clean drinking water. Today’s test results for microcystin indicate NON-DETECT in tap water and less than 5 ppb of microcystin in the untreated water in the intake crib in Lake Erie.

Microcystin is detected in Lake Erie, but not in tap water. Our water treatment process is effectively removing the microcystin. No action is required by consumers.

We have an advanced warning system for early detection with buoys and sondes that allows us to implement operational changes prior to the microcystin reaching the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

Raw water conditions are being monitored carefully with data collection sondes all located prior to the treatment plant: nearby the intake crib in Lake Erie, in the intake crib and at the Low Service Pump Station.

We will continue to closely monitor water conditions in the intake crib in Lake Erie. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes Observing System, plus university research teams, all join Toledo water treatment professionals in monitoring lake water conditions to provide early warning of potential Harmful Algal Blooms that would affect drinking water supplies.

The quality of water at Toledo’s intake crib is monitored 24 hours a day the through sondes. Intake water samples are taken at least once a day, with testing of all daily samples timed according to the characteristics of the water. When conditions warrant, testing is increased.

The issue of algae in public waters is not just an issue in Ohio, but around the country, the similarities between Grand Lake and Toledo are basically the same. They have lakes that need monitored regularly for algae issues and (Celina) drinking water that come from infected water sources.

The big difference is that Grand Lake is a man-made resource, while Lake Erie is one of the largest natural lakes in the country, but have the same issues.