Huge waves could be seen for miles on Lake Erie in Lakewood on Oct. 29, 2012 as the effects of Hurricane Sandy were felt in northeast Ohio.
Photographer: Jen Steer/WEWS
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TOLEDO, Ohio - Travel industry leaders in Ohio say algae outbreaks found in the western part of Lake Erie are affecting tourism across the entire lake.
Tourism along the lake has been hurt in recent years by the massive algae blooms that turn parts of the lake between Toledo and Sandusky into a green, unsightly mess.
The Ohio Travel Association's executive director says reports about the algae sometimes scares away tourists who are far from where the outbreaks are located.
Melinda Huntley tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo writes that perception is reality in the tourism industry.
Experts think the algae outbreak this summer will be bigger than last year but much smaller than two summers ago.
The forecast predicts a "significant bloom" in the western portion of the lake beginning in August.
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