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Algae Bloom
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Algae Bloom

Is this a problem we can ignore. If we do it will be at our own peril. In a report which is now several years old it was estimated that Lake Erie sports fishing generated an estimated $4,000,000,000 annually. Hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local taxes are derived from this money. Untold jobs are needed to sustain this level of spending. Everyone from the mom and pop motel to the giants like Cedar Point are beneficiaries of this annual bonanza.

The algae bloom is endangering all of this. I hear a lot of people say “I don’t care it’s a fishermen's problem” . They couldn’t be more wrong. It can and will affect us all. It has already started. Last year the algae bloom was so bad in the western basin that it was almost impossible to fish in the area of the bloom. Do you know what fishermen do when they can’t catch fish in an area. They go where they can catch fish. Do you know where that area is? It’s on the Canadian side of Lake Erie.

One of the areas biggest charter companies fished in Canadian waters almost as much as in Ohio waters last year. The fishermen will adapt. If the fishing is on the Canadian side that is where they will go. If it is too costly to go to Canadian waters they will switch to inland lakes and streams.

The fish population has fallen steadily over the past seven years. The fish biologists say it is due to weather and other factors with one of them being the algae bloom. We can’t control the weather but we can control the algae bloom. Sure it will be expensive but can we afford not to fix it.

The problem is staring us in the face yet the only thing I have seen our state and local officials do is debate it and study it. Neither of these will fix it. An article on the front page of tonights Sandusky Register states “Local streams feed lake algae” Really! We already knew that. The time for study and debate is over. We know that farm runoff, poorly maintained septic systems and overflow from municipal sewage systems are the culprits. Some of those hundreds of millions in tax revenues need to come back to the local areas so we can start addressing the problem.

In my view it is Economics 101. The sports fishing industry provides the revenue. If the problem isn’t addressed the revenue goes away. That should be all our state officials need to know.


Street Talk

C. Hughes  

A vicious circle. It all depends on where our public officials and the media blitz put the priorities. Of course the ruling party matters too. Are you for conservation of resources or financial gain. Looks to me like they are one in the same. Trying to explain that to some falls on deaf ears.

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks for your reply. Common sense is something our elected officials seem to be lacking

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  about 8 years ago

Serious money is generated from this industry, and a serious problem to deal with for sure. As they economy keeps failing I can see more and more problems like this not getting the attention they need.

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  about 8 years ago

Shawn, I'm afraid I have to agree. With the slow economy there will be some things that fall through the cracks.

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  about 8 years ago

Hello John.. Great topic John last year in Hamilton Harbour the algae bloom was so bad it looked liked someone through green paint ini the water and it was everywhere. Last year was the worst I have ever seen it, and it was around for the longest amount of time. Walking through the park during the winter months you could still see the green algae around shore lines. This is not just a localized problem, it seems to be happening in many locations across North America, I beieve Edmonton had a major algae problem, not sure what came of it. It is a problem we should all care about, if it is lasting longer and even through the winter months (what winter) it is going to kill our water ways, as how I understand it, the green blue alage will deplete the lake of oxygen eventully, how do you drink that crap....thats my take... Tim

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks for the comment Tim. Actually I hadn't thought about the problem being widespread. It would be nice if people worked on the problem together

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  about 8 years ago

That problem would affect most of my mom's side of the family since they live in that area. I had no idea that the industry was so big and influential.

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks for the comment Rebecca. I didn't either until I started doing the research

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  about 8 years ago

John, Four Billion Dollars. Wow. I had no idea the economic impact was that large. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 8 years ago

I agree a very big number. I did check various sources. some had it even higher. Thanks for your comment.

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  about 8 years ago

Oh - and the picture is a very grotesque color! Is that for real?

  
  about 8 years ago
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