Scientists predict significant harmful algae bloom will form on Lake Erie this summer

 Scientists predict a ``significant'' harmful algae bloom will form on western Lake Erie this summer.

 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and research partners released their annual algae forecast yesterday for the shallowest and warmest of the Great Lakes.

They predict this year's will register above the level considered potentially harmful -- but they think it will be smaller than the largest blooms, which formed in 2011 and 2015.

 The N-O-A-A says the situation underscores the need to reduce the flow of nutrients into the lake that feed algae and similar bacteria -- primarily from farms but also sewage treatment 
plants and other sources.

 Ontario, Michigan and Ohio have agreed to cut phosphorus going into the lake by 40 per cent over the next decade.