Algae Impacting Wildlife In Ohio Lake

By Maureen Mespell

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 8:11 PM EDT

CELINA, Oh. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Over the last few years toxic algae has been a big problem at Grand Lake Saint Mary's in Northwest Ohio.

As the fight to rid the lake of blue-green algae continues, Indiana's NewsCenter spoke with an expert about how it could be impacting wildlife in the lake.

Toxic algae is still a problem at Grand Lake Saint Mary's in Ohio.

We know the blue-green algae can be deadly if humans ingest it but experts suggest it's causing another problem for wildlife in the water.

William DeMott, IPFW Professor says, "The algae is really high and this can lead to low oxygen."

Which could be the reason so many dead fish are washing up on shore. DeMott says it wouldn't matter what type of algae it was, at high enough levels, it all leads to the same problem. Although, the director of the Grand Lake Saint Mary's State Park says the fish aren't being harmed.

When asked if the algae could be impacting how many fish are in the lake, Brian Miller, Director, Grand Lake St. Mary's State Park says, "No it's not impacting the fish at all."

Miller says the algae isn't affecting the wildlife in the lake, but the shoreline tells another story.

A local fisherman says, "In the last year and so it's been getting scarce, a lot harder to find them."

"We know this lake has severe eutrophication problems, basically that means nutrients are draining in from the watershed," says DeMott.

That watershed has many farms in it.and the run off from those farms is continuing to allow the algae to thrive. Meanwhile, the state is working with the DNR and EPA to treat the algae.

DeMott,also says, "It will at least temporarily lower the phosphorus but if it's still coming in, in great amounts, that won't really help that much. It's a big issue and certainly the state park can't do it by itself."

DeMott says because this lake is man made it has many sources feeding water into it. Natural lakes typically have less sources, making any problem like this easier to stop and control.

What are your thoughts CLICK HERE to leave us a "QUESTION OF THE DAY” comment.

© Copyright 2016, A Quincy Media broadcasting station. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.