Scientists Seek Ways to Measure Great Lakes Water Safety

A U.S.-Canadian agency is looking at ways to measure the safety of Great Lakes waters for things like drinking, swimming and fishing.

Scientists who advise the International Joint Commission say in order to assure good water quality in the Great Lakes, they will need accurate measurements of not just treated drinking water, but also the sources of that water.

They will also need to look at the flow of phosphorus into the lakes, which contributes to harmful algae blooms as well as invasive Asian carp.