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States move too slowly on Lake Erie cleanup, environmental groups report

Michigan, Ohio and Ontario are not adequately addressing phosphorus pollution in western Lake Erie despite their now 2-year-old commitment to do so, environmental organizations report.

And, it shows in the water.

One of the largest toxic algal blooms on record inundated the lake again this summer. It also turned the Maumee River bright green through downtown Toledo.

"It doesn't look like a lot of progress has been made," said Molly Flanagan, the vice president of policy for the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

The states pledged in June 2015 to reduce phosphorus by 40 percent by 2025 and improve monitoring and reporting to curtail the annual hazardous algae which threatens recreation, ecosystems and public water supplies.

The groups demand public leaders hasten cleanup efforts at a leadership summit next week in Detroit.

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