by the Associated Press

By NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (3200) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Satellites in space and a robot under Lake Erie’s surface are part of a network of scientific tools trying to keep algae toxins out of drinking water supplies in the shallowest of the Great Lakes.

It’s one of the most wide-ranging freshwater monitoring systems in the U.S., researchers say, and some of its pieces soon will be watching for harmful algae on hundreds of lakes nationwide.

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