Scotts Miracle Gro Leads Crusade to Save Lake Erie

Leading by example to help Save Lake Erie is the Scotts Miracle Gro Company, based in Marysville, Ohio. They have offered to voluntarily remove phosphorous from their mature lawn fertilizers by the end of 2012 in an effort to help save Lake Erie. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is known around the world for their various lawn and garden brands including Ortho, Scotts, Miracle-Gro and Roundup.

Lake Erie has been under siege by toxic algae and scientists believe one cause may be increased levels of phosphorous in wastewater sludge from lawn fertilizer runoff. For some strange reason, it is legal in Ohio to spray fertilizer and liquid manure on frozen ground. Ohio is outlawing the practice in Grand Lake St. Marys watershed and needs to expand the ban not just around Lake Erie but to the entire state of Ohio.

In addition, phosphorous in mature lawn fertilizers has already been banned in Michigan, as well as many states around the US including Maryland, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Wisconsin. Although Ohio has not banned it yet, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has taken the noble step of removing it from all mature lawn fertilizers by the end of 2012.

Dr. Guntheer Schteeck from Lake Erie Hospital in Cleveland

Dr. Guntheer Schteeck from Lake Erie Hospital operates on a patient who became violently ill after swimming near toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. Recently Lake Erie has been suffering from one of the worst algae blooms in decades. Scientists believe the Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant shoulders much of the blame regarding the cause of increased levels of dissolved phosphorous that are fueling the toxic algae blooms. The Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant is the single largest wastewater treatment plant in the US.  Learn how you can help save Lake Erie.

Former Ohio Resident talks about Lake Erie turning green

This gentlemen, a former Cleveland Ohio resident, talks to about Lake Erie turning green due to an overabundance of toxic algae blooms. Lake Erie has been undergoing one of the worst algae blooms in decades due to increased levels of dissolved phosphorous. Scientists believe the surge in dissolved phosphorous levels is due to livestock and agricultural runoff.  People around the world, including some children in Costa Rica, have voiced their support in the battle to help save Lake Erie. Learn how you can help save Lake Erie.

Fact of the Day: The quote from the video, “Why-o, why-o, why-o did I ever leave Ohio?”, was originally from the 1987 comedy ‘Back to the Beach’ starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and Lori Loughlin.

Gus from Australia concerned for Lake Erie’s Health

Gus from Australia talks about fond memories of visiting Lake Erie with his family and concern he has about toxic algae blooms threatening the lake’s health.  The toxic algae blooms are the worst seen in almost 50 years.  Gus had a blast visiting Cleveland, Put-in-Bay, Sandusky and Cedar Point during his family trip in North America.  To ensure that future generations are able to enjoy all Lake Erie has to offer, its critical that people take action now.  There are many things people can do at home to make a difference and help make sure Lake Erie does not die.  Learn how you can help save Lake Erie.

Cleveland Professor & Scientist on Lake Erie Algae Blooms

Here is a professor from Cleveland talking about the toxic algae blooms and zebra mussels that have become a serious threat to the current and future health of Lake Erie.  Go to for more information how you can help save Lake Erie from death by toxic algae blooms and zebra mussels.

Plea from Barry in Greece to Save Lake Erie

A heartfelt plea from Barry in Greece for in response to the battle to Save Lake Erie from algae blooms, zebra mussels and Asian carp. Recent NASA reports have confirmed these algae blooms currently plaguing Lake Erie are the worst in decades. Differences in present day agricultural techniques result in more nutrients (dissolved phosphorous) leaching into Lake Erie and Great Lakes watersheds, which not feed the algae bloom. Barry is located halfway around the world and even with the Euro crisis and economy in Greece crumbling, he is dedicated to helping Save Lake Erie. If current conditions do not improve, Lake Erie will die by the hands of toxic algae blooms, Asian carp and zebra mussels. Go to to learn more!

Man in India on War to Save Lake Erie

Support to Save Lake Erie is pouring in from around the world!

Below is a testimonial for the Save Lake Erie movement at from a passionate man in India who is upset about the toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.  What could be one of the worst and most preventable environmental disasters in history is unfolding at this very moment.  The bright green algae blooms covering the Western basin are visible from space as recent NASA reports have confirmed.  Dissolved phosphorous has reached dangerously high levels in Lake Erie even worse than decades ago when wanton pollution was rampant. People around the world are voicing their support to clean Lake Erie and to ensure its safety and health for future generations.  Lake Erie is responsible for a combined $10 billion regional tourism and fishing economy.

Take a moment and learn what you can do to help Save Lake Erie.

Officer Larry on How to Save Lake Erie

Officer Larry is here to educate everyone on ways to help save Lake Erie from toxic algae blooms, zebra mussles and fracking. Lake Erie is under attack and everyone must do their part to save and preserve this important natural resource.  There are a few things even an individual can do to help support preserving this vital natural resource. This body of water supplies millions of people every day with drinking water and supports a $10 billion economy comprised of tourism and fishing.  Watch then share these videos and refer friends to our “What You Can Do” page to learn more.

Skydiving in Downtown Cleveland for Save Lake Erie

Hey, Cleveland! needs your help! Did you know Lake Erie is being attacked by toxic algae blooms? It hasn’t been this bad since 1969, the same year the Cuyahoga River was so polluted it literally caught fire! Fast forward 40 years to now and toxic algae is again sucking oxygen out of the water, threatening Lake Erie’s $10 billion tourism industry unless we act quick! If you love perch, walleye and Put-in-Bay like I do, go to right now to learn how YOU can help.

Kids Join War on Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Blooms

Children in Costa Rica are now taking up the cause against the toxic algae blooms that have invaded Lake Erie.  The algae blooms have not reached this level of growth and toxicity since 1969, when the Cuyahoga River caught fire it was so polluted.  Blame is now being put on farm and agricultural runoff, milder winters, heavy rains that overflow sewers and hot summers.  The fishing, tourism and marine industry revolving around Lake Erie in the billions.  Everyone must join forces to Save lake Erie!

The mission to Save Lake Erie is under way now with the current focus on eliminating toxic algae blooms and non native zebra mussels.  Most recently there has been great concern regarding “fracking”, a method for extracting oil and natural gas.  Fracking involves pumping toxic chemicals into the ground as a method of extracting valuable oil and natural gas.  There is concern that the toxic chemicals pumped into the ground from fracking eventually leaches into the groundwater supply.