The Toledo water crisis may have fallen off the front page of the news, but not before a prime suspect was identified. The deadly toxin that shut off the tap for 500,000 people in August comes from algae in Lake Erie fed by fertilizer running off of big, conventional farms in Northern Ohio.
Blog › Water
National Public Radio reported this morning about the woes of Toledo, a city of 284,012 people who’ve had no drinking water for three days because of a toxin known as microcystis which comes from algea growing in Lake Erie. The algae is a by-product of synthetic fertilizer (and animal waste) from farms and from grass-filled yards where is being spread in...
Cleveland’s enviable geography as a water abundant place in the Great Lakes basin is on my mind as I’m driven from Tijuana’s center to its sprawling suburban area east of the city at the border between the U.S. and Baja California, Mexico. Armando Ramos, a landscape designer who dabbles in development and environmental activism, is leading me on a quick tour...
I just enjoyed a sip of Cleveland water, just like you and 2 million others who turn on the tap. It may look clear, but will I think about what’s going into my body a little longer after this morning’s session about plastics and “dead zones” in the lake? You bet.
Many of us in the Cleveland area do not appreciate our most intimate relationship – our relationship with Lake Erie. We drink the lake. The water flows through the cells of our bodies. Yet we seldom take time to think deeply about this relationship. The coming week, however, offers some great opportunities to ponder our amazing freshwater lives as inhabitants...
Social media feed
- It's a nice day to #ThinkandDrink w/local sustainability champions and still enjoy the great outdoors of the Ralph… https://t.co/Xuuj1dJBO5
5 days ago via Twitter
- This shld b good news for #Cleveland as it moves to dockless bikeshare https://t.co/2vQoRuzGyN
11 days ago via Twitter
- #Cleveland is keeping up w/bike meccas like #Minneapolis largely due to its pace of change (tx @Bike_CLE +… https://t.co/PDOG2Nf0aG
12 days ago via Twitter
Your location can cost or save >
See if your neighborhood is costing or saving you more than the average
Ten water saving tips >
We're at the shore of Lake Erie, but we still have good reasons to conserve
Eco-friendly landscapes >
We look inside two local guides to native landscaping and their benefits.