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Good Morning, Buffalo: Not-so-Great Lake: Health of Lake Erie is poor, according to U.S. and Canada

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Sept. 29, 2022

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The sun dips below the Fort Erie, Ont., horizon as a sailboat floats by on a quiet night on Lake Erie in 2021.

Not-so-Great Lake: Health of Lake Erie is poor, according to U.S. and Canada

The state of the Great Lakes is fair, but the health of Lake Erie is poor, according to the State of the Great Lakes Report.

“That’s extremely concerning. Where do you go from poor?” said Kerrie Gallo, Deputy Executive Director of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. 

Lake Erie scored a good rating in two categories: drinking water and ground water. Swimming, consumption of fish and harmful pollutants are rated as fair.

Erie got a poor rating for supporting healthy and productive habitats to sustain native species; being free from nutrients that promote unsightly or toxic blooms; and being free from invasive species and from other substances, materials or conditions that may negatively affect the Great Lakes.

The News’ Barbara O’Brien reports that the health of the Great Lakes is the focus of a forum held by the United States and Canada in Niagara Falls, Ont., this week. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and Great Lakes Quality Water Agreement between the Canada and the U.S. to restore and protect the Great Lakes.



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