Mayflies survive in Lake Erie despite water woes

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A researcher in northern Ohio says that Lake Erie's mayfly population shows no signs of trouble despite recent water quality woes.

Now is the time of year when residents along the Lake Erie shore usually see the annual invasion of mayflies.

The pesky but harmless bugs rise out of the lake and blanket street lamps, store windows and just about anything they can cling to in places that include Sandusky, Port Clinton and parts of the Toledo area.

Mayflies are a sign of a healthier Lake Erie.

One researcher tells the Port Clinton News-Herald ( ) that the fact that the mayflies are still around shows the lake is probably in better shape than it was in 1960s and '70s.

Back then, the insects virtually disappeared from the lake.


Information from: Port Clinton News-Herald,

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