Charter captains help with Lake Erie water testing

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — Lake Erie charter captains are helping Ohio researchers by gathering water samples to test for toxic algae blooms.

Harmful blooms containing toxins that can make people sick have been a problem on the lake in recent years.

The Port Clinton News-Herald (http://ohne.ws/15YZKpq) reports the captains have been helping collect water samples for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Lake Erie Charter Boat Association suggested last year that captains could help since they're on the water all summer.

An association official says the charter captains have a vested interest in the testing because they depend on tourists and a healthy lake for their business.

An Ohio EPA official says captains collected 45 water samples last July through October and the agency and the captains want to together again this year.

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Information from: Port Clinton News-Herald, http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com

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