Lake Erie algal bloom likely to be 1 of largest

GIBRALTAR ISLAND, Ohio — This summer's western Lake Erie algal bloom — barring unusually strong northeasterly winds or unforeseen biological factors within the lake — should not keep Toledo and other shoreline communities from continuing to produce high-quality tap water, officials said Thursday.

Still, it’s expected to be the third or fourth largest on record since NASA began aerial surveillance in 2002, The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and other agencies announced during their annual briefing with reporters at Ohio State University’s Gibraltar Island.