The Craig Fahle Show

Is Metro Detroit’s Water Safe To Drink?

Tuesday August 05, 2014

Algae-infested water from Lake Erie on Monday washed up onshore at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, Ohio, near Toledo. Photo courtesy Joshua Lott for The New York Times

The ban on drinking water in Toledo, Ohio was lifted Monday after tests showed toxins caused by algae blooms had subsided to safe levels.

Half a million residents were told not to drink tap water last week after an algae bloom in Lake Erie contaminated the water. The story made national headlines in The New York Times, LA Times and Wall Street Journal

Nick Schroeck, Director of Great Lakes Environmental Law Center joins Craig Fahle to discuss algae and toxins in Lake Erie, and why the Detroit metro water supply remained safe during this crisis. They discuss how events like this galvanize opinions and efforts to protect fresh water resources.