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Algae returns to Great Lakes

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Call it the return of the green slime.

Back in the 1960s, foul gobs of algae along Great Lakes shorelines made swimmers and sunbathers miserable before a crackdown on phosphorus pollution repelled the invasion.

Now, the algae are mounting a comeback and controlling it may be tougher this time, according to the Michigan Environmental Council, an umbrella organization for a host of environmental and public interest organizations in the state.

"The nightmare may be poised to repeat itself," the council said in a statement accompanying a report released Wednesday.

Algae blooms have been on the rise since the mid-1990s in parts of all of the Great Lakes except Lake Superior, whose icy waters are not as hospitable to the slimy aquatic plants.

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Green slimy algae is back. The great lakes are experiencing an over growth of algae. They say that there may be several reasons for the return of the algae. Exotic Mussels arrived in the 1980's and they filter the water making it clearer which lets sunlight go deeper in the lakes. Phosphorus is another possible contributor, detergents, fertilizers, livestock and human wastes are others. The clean up will not be easy
By YCON: posted on 15-6-2006

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