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Toledo Officials Were Warned By Government

The government warned Toledo about this EXACT bloom over a month ago!!!!! Here is the OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT REPORT WARNING THEM THIS WAS COMING FROM EARLY JULY: http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Centers/HABS/lake_erie_hab/LakeErieBloomForecastRelease2014.pdf

In the report it says it is prepared specifically for water management people, and sent to them. They actually predicted this starting July 31st and have satellite images, and WARNING water professionals for DAYS now. Read the report!

Warnings started July 31st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is the link to the actual warning reports with dates and images!!! http://www2.nccos.noaa.gov/coast/lakeerie/bulletin/bulletin_current.pdf

Toledo was warned, and ignored it leading to the water crisis. Look through the reports hosted on the government website for yourself. Toledo water professionals were warned in advance.

created by OhioKimono on Aug 02, 2014 at 06:56:02 pm     Comments: 8

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"ERRRMAHGERD!! Where did all these bouncing balls suddenly come from?"

posted by BrianInFlorida on Aug 02, 2014 at 07:12:07 pm     #   2 people liked this

If this was the gov't dropping the ball, then fire every electable person the next go around.

Of course that won't happen.

posted by JustaSooner on Aug 02, 2014 at 09:07:47 pm     #   2 people liked this

The report estimates this years bloom to be less than 2011. Nothing in the report seemed urgent. Lets calm down people.

posted by presbacon on Aug 03, 2014 at 01:54:01 am     #  

presbacon, the alarm has been sounded for years about the increased dangers of algae in Lake Erie. This media report is from 2008:
http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/9278432/ecotrack-11-flourishing-algae-elevate-lake-erie-concerns

"A walk down the shore of Lake Erie shows a developing problem. Algae blooms are flourishing, and it's raising concerns about the health of the lake.

"It's a step backwards in terms of what is going on. We want to make sure we do something now that stops it and that we don't have problems for the future," says Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Sandy Bihn.

Bihn didn't know the exact date when this was going to happen. It just stands to reason it's going to get worse without any real intervention.

posted by renegade on Aug 03, 2014 at 07:52:32 am     #  

Civil engineers have been warning the nation for more than a decade about the perils of aging infrastructure (including bridges, water treatment, sewage, roads, etc.). Where was the outrage when mild-mannered, thoughtful people gave a D minus grade to our critical systems?

In hindsight, which is how we'll be looking at ALL these snafus, it would have been better to spend a boatload of money improving our capacity before bad things happened.

posted by viola on Aug 03, 2014 at 09:42:32 am     #  

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140710_erie_hab.html

As far as I can tell, the NOAA forecast called for a less severe bloom than previous years.

posted by Sohio on Aug 03, 2014 at 10:36:15 am     #  

Sohio posted at 10:36:15 AM on Aug 03, 2014:

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140710_erie_hab.html

As far as I can tell, the NOAA forecast called for a less severe bloom than previous years.

Yes. That was mentioned in a Blade story last month, and the Blade writer added that NOAA underestimated the severity of the bloom for 2013.

I don't know when NOAA first began making algae bloom predictions, but in recent years, their predictions are published each summer in early to mid-July. I'm guessing that algae bloom forecasting is an inexact science.

We need more mathematical models. Then one day, we'll see TT threads, discussing algae bloom forecasts, like with severe thunderstorms and snowstorms.

I'm predicting that the next Sharknado will occur over Maumee Bay, during peak algae bloom season. The results will no doubt be devastating. I wonder if ready.gov has any preparedness info about this doomsday scenario.

posted by jr on Aug 03, 2014 at 10:51:06 am     #  

I bet not...but they really should warn us about the possibility of a Sharknado, so I can stock up on shark repellent!

posted by Sohio on Aug 03, 2014 at 10:52:05 am     #   2 people liked this