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Massive Lake Erie Fish Kills caused by US Power Generating Stations.

Posted on June 27th, 2011

Massive Lake Erie Fish Kills caused by US Power Generating Stations.

While Lake Erie water quality has been, and should continue to be, the focus of cleanups, pollution isn’t the only threat to the lake’s ecosystem. So are power plants on the U.S. shore and they are killing hundreds of millions of fish each year

For example, FirstEnergy Bay Shore coal plant on the Maumee River near Toledo kills about 46 million adult fish annually, as well as 2.4 billion eggs, larvae and young fish. The plant draws 749 million gallons of water from the Great Lakes system a day. The Maumee is considered to be a biologically productive river and a source of about one-third of the entire walleye population in Lake Erie – which supports the largest freshwater fishery in the world. Closer to Windsor, the Monroe, Mich. coal plant on the western shore of Lake Erie kills more than 25 million fish a year.

In particular, The Bay Shore plant is a multi-million-dollar economic drain. Ohio environmental groups commissioned a study that estimated the cost of depleted fish populations – impacting on commercial and sports fishing – is about $30 million a year. Pumping warm water back into the lake also promotes the growth of bacteria and degrades fish habitats.

Read more: Windsor Star

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