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Study says Lake Erie is in the poorest condition of all the Great Lakes

Posted at 12:14 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 12:14:02-04

The Great Lakes contain one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water supply and are one of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems on earth, but according to a new study Lake Erie is in the poorest condition and is considered to be 'deteriorating.'

The 'State of the Great Lakes 2017' highlights report, conducted by the EPA in conjunction with the Governments of Canada and the United States, was just released and researchers said Northeast Ohio's body of water still has major issues.

Overall the Great Lakes have made progress to reduce toxic chemicals, however, many of the lakes are facing issues with invasive species and nutrients. 

The study said harmful algal blooms are a primary concern for Lake Erie that it can harmful to both ecosystem and human health. The toxins produced by harmful algal blooms can impact drinking water safety or can cause gastrointestinal upsets, skin rashes and at elevated levels can be fatal to many organisms.

Researchers labeled the quality of treated drinking water from the Great Lakes as 'good' and 'unchanging' since the previous study in 2011. However, no lake was assessed separately.

A positive trend for Lake Erie: increase Walleye across the major body of water. 

It is also considered the biologically productive of the Great Lake, and it also has the biggest sport fishing industry of all the lakes.

To read the full study, CLICK HERE