The Great Lakes Protection Initiative is providing $600,000 in funding to develop tests and technologies that will assist in the interception and the removal of phosphorus from agricultural runoff in Southwestern Ontario. Phosphorus is the leading contributor to the algae bloom that often forms in Lake Erie in the summer months.  The algae bloom can pose problems to drinking water providers who must react and adjust their water treatment operations when algae appears in the source water.  By eliminating phosphorus from the source water and reducing the algae bloom Lake Erie will continue to be a valuable source of fresh drinking water.

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