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Walleye Fest is back!

21-05-2015 Hits:350 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Walleye Fest is back!

Last year’s Walleye Festival. May 21-25 marks the 35th annual Walleye Festival on the shores of Lake Erie in Waterworks Park in downtown Port Clinton. The festival will be open Thursday...

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Lake Erie harmful algal bloom season pro…

20-05-2015 Hits:154 Ottawa Outdoors  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Lake Erie harmful algal bloom season projection

On Tuesday, May 19, the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the National Center for Water Quality Research released an early season projection for harmful algal bloom (HAB) on...

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Fallen Ottawa County officers honored at…

20-05-2015 Hits:122 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Fallen Ottawa County officers honored at Police Memorial Day service

Wreaths honoring the fallen officers were placed at the ceremony as members of the Sheriff’s Department look on. Photo courtesy of Ellis Fuiava, PCPD. On Thursday, May 14, residents, law enforcement...

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House passes algal bloom legislation

The House of Representatives passed the Drinking Water Protection Act (H.R. 212) this evening by a bipartisan vote of 375 to 37 pushing federal agencies to provide clear protocols and oversight in the event of a large-scale algal bloom. Representative Kaptur is an original co-sponsor for this legislation which was introduced in this Congress by Rep. Bob Latta. Algal blooms are often the result of excessive runoff from agriculture or urban centers. They can produce a dangerous spike in the concentration of toxins in drinking water and eventually lead to major ecological collapse.

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Lake Erie, even when frozen, calls to fishermen

 

Photo submitted by Brian Thomas.

Looking out onto the lake on a clear day, little dots are spread across the horizon line. Ice fisherman have made their shanty villages. This is the second year in a row that ice fisherman have had ideal conditions to take to the lake. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory reports that the ice concentration of Lake Erie is at 96%, with ice coverage being close to 98%.

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Kasich signs executive order to further protect Lake Erie 

Governor John R. Kasich signed an executive order to require Ohio EPA to create emergency rules that will further protect Lake Erie, its aquatic life and the fishing industry, while ensuring shipping can continue in the Cuyahoga River.

The executive order provides the Ohio EPA Director the tools needed to prohibit open lake disposal of dredge material in Lake Erie if:

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