Great Lakes algae concerns city councillor

Windsor city councillor Hilary Payne is searching for answers after viewing a video on the effects of algae on area lakes. The video, produced by the Essex Region Conservation Authority, raises awareness to what it calls a pressing issue.

Hilary Payne calls on government to take action after viewing video on Great Lakes algae

Windsor city councillor Hilary Payne is searching for answers after viewing a video on the effects of algae on area lakes.

The video, produced by the Essex Region Conservation Authority, raises awareness to what it calls a pressing issue.

Payne, who said Lake Erie is "a disgrace," is calling on the federal government to take immediate action.

"This has basically turned Lake Erie into something like the Dead Sea," he said. "Millions of dollars were spent back in the '70s and '80s to keep phosphate out of the Great Lakes. We'd thought we had solved the problem but ... it's worse than ever."

After watching the video, which focuses on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, the Ward 9 representative said it fails to find the root of what's causing the algae.

The video will be presented to city council and motions should be passed to demand the federal and provincial governments take immediate action, according to Payne.