There’s no O in Ohio’s H2O!!

I’m still hiding from the television set. I’m trying my best to not look into it’s bewitching, square eye… However, news will find you, wherever you are.

I just heard about Ohio’s water supply problems related to Lake Erie’s algae blooms. Seems they can’t get potable water from the lake and have had to resort to bottled water. Many businesses are closed and I’m sure everyone is smelling a bit ripe nowadays.

There are many theories as to how these algae blooms happen, however I’m pretty set on the theory of phosphorous run-off into the lake and lack of wetland restoration projects are the main culprits.

I found this great video to educate anyone interested in learning more about algae blooms (dead zones) and what can be done about it. I also wrote about them here, if you’re interested!

And just when I thought I was done writing about Ohio’s water problems, I remembered the many times the Cuyahoga River has caught fire. Yes, dear readers, the river was on fire!!

Cuyahoga River Fire Nov. 3, 1952. Courtesy of Cleveland Press Collection at Cleveland State University Library.

If there is one thing on this planet that I think most folks take for granted, it is clean, drinking water. I don’t think many understand that without it, you’ve got about 3 days alive on this planet. Not much time to work on that bucket list!!

14 thoughts on “There’s no O in Ohio’s H2O!!

  1. That green in the video looks very similar to the green in the water in a picture I posted today (taken at a park in Columbus in June, not near Lake Eerie). I didn’t put my hand in it, of course, so I don’t know if it coats the skin and looks like paint! The algae we had that made a local lake unsafe turned it completely red. I’m a few hours south of Lake Eerie.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the video. It is sad what we have done to our land and water but I’m glad there are people being proactive and attempting to resolve the problem.
    Hopefully one day people will understand our environment can only take so much….eventually there will be no fixing.


    • I think the planet would be much better off if DOGS ran it.
      Could you imagine?
      A fire hydrant on every corner, sprinklers to bite at on every lawn, everyday it’s a different treat day, Belly-scratch Saturdays, Roll-in-smelly-stuff Tuesdays, SQUIRRELS to chase!!, Pee-on-plants that don’t die, and a fluffy bed to retire on at night. THAT, my friend, is a grand plan!!


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