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NOAA and partners predict significant harmful algal bloom

Satellite image of the 2013 intense bloom which was concentrated in the lake’s western basin. Credit: MODIS/NASA, processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS.

NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will have a significant bloom of cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae, during the 2014 bloom season in late summer. However, the predicted bloom is expected to be smaller than last year's intense bloom, and considerably less than the record-setting 2011 bloom.

Bloom impacts will vary across the lake's western basin and are classified by an estimate of both its concentration and how far it spreads.

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Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life digitally, or on film, can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2014 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. This year's contest will feature a new category highlighting the unique winter of 2014.  

Photographers are encouraged to submit their favorite winter photos of Lake Erie and its ice cover from this past winter. This may include icescapes, ice fishing, thawing or activities that took place during Lake Erie’s frozen months. The commission continues to encourage entries depicting Lake Erie scenes, people and wildlife taken throughout the year and throughout the Lake Erie region.

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Miller Ferry going green

Over the Fourth of July weekend, most passengers aboard the Miller Ferry showed off the familiar red, white and blue showcasing their patriotism.  The actual ferry boat itself however, will be showing off quite a different color: Green. 

In an effort to make their fleet more energy efficient and lower emissions, Miller Boat Line is proud to announce that they will now be using a 10% biofuel blend in two of their passenger/vehicle ferries hoping to someday increase that ferry number to four. 

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