We shared in our last blog post that the smoke from Canadian wildfires would likely cause more nutrient inflow to lakes and reservoirs in Canada and the USA. (link to previous post). These excessive nutrient inputs can contribute to HABs. We did anticipate a greater rate of HAB alerts, but did not anticipate it to happen this fast, the Alberta Health Services website is full of HAB alerts—and the fires have yet to even be contained much less extinguished. See the link below.
On top of that, despite recent forecasts that HABs on western Lake Erie would be smaller than average in 2023, the Michigan Radio website is now reporting that this year’s HABs on Lake Erie are the second earliest on record and are here now.
Harmful algal blooms appearing on Lake Erie earlier than usual | Michigan Radio
HABs can be dangerous to people and pets, please stay vigilant to avoid HABs and enjoy your Lake Lifestyle this summer.