by Jerry Zremski, Buffalo News

WASHINGTON – Fearing that the ever-larger algal blooms in Lake Erie will one day creep eastward toward Buffalo, Rep. Brian Higgins on Monday asked the Army Corps of Engineers to combat the mucky green menace in the Great Lakes by expanding a successful experimental program first tried in Florida.

In a letter to R.D. James, assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, Higgins suggested that an Army Corps effort that’s helped clean up Florida’s Lake Okeechobee might work up north, too.

“Algal blooms threaten not only the economic well-being but the health and safety of waterfront communities nationwide,” Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, said in the letter.

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