Lake Erie en Mild Temps Could Bring Earlier Lake Erie Algae <p>The National Center for Water Quality Research says the mild winter and spring temperatures could mean toxic blue-green algae will make its appearance in western Lake Erie earlier than usual.</p><p>Dr. David Baker says the algae will show up sooner if the water heats up more quickly. Another critical factor will be rainfall and the amount of fertilizer that runs into the lake from nearby farms.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:13:32 +0000 Associated Press 14047 at Mild Temps Could Bring Earlier Lake Erie Algae Coalition Awards Grants for Great Lakes Cleanup <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. - An environmental coalition has awarded $115,000 in grants to nine groups for Great Lakes restoration projects.</p><p>The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition grants announced this week will help organizations participate in a federal program designed to improve the region&#39;s environment by cleaning up toxic pollution, preventing species invasions and rebuilding habitat and wetlands.</p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:02:43 +0000 Associated Press 2646 at