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Great Lakes Commission unveils interactive online resource for tracking algal blooms

A blue map of the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Commission has unveiled a new website that allows Great Lakes decision-makers to track the region’s progress to reduce harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and to stop aquatic invasive species.

The new site is at Blue Accounting.org.

It follows the Commission's years of collaboration with work groups that include representatives of state, provincial and federal governments, as well as the academic, nonprofit and private sectors. These work groups identify available data on specific issues, share information about current efforts and help to translate those pieces into the information needed to make decisions that impact Great Lakes restoration and protection.

The work is in conjunction with the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the United States, first signed in 1972, and updated in 2012.