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Lake Erie Improvement Association addresses algal blooms

Larry Fletcher for LESI West, Senator Randy Gardner and Joan Van Offeren of LESI East

On Friday, Dec. 13, the Lake Erie Improvement Association held a conference about sustaining the economics of Lake Erie at the Catawba Island Club. The Lake Erie Improvement Association is a voice for the tourists, boaters, fishermen, businesses, governments, property owners and anyone impacted economically by the health and well-being of the lake. Right now, the issue on everyone’s minds regarding Lake Erie is the presence of the blue green algae blooms.

One of the speakers at the conference was Dr. Jeff Reutter Director of Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States which continuously conducts research to solve the most pressing problems facing the Great Lakes. 80% of Lake Erie’s water comes from the upper Great Lakes, 10% comes from direct precipitation and 10% comes from the Lake Erie tributaries; the tributaries are where Dr. Reutter said the problem lies.

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Lake Erie Solo Challenge

I am absolutely amazed and touched by the interest and support I got during the Lake Erie Solo Challenge. This was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.  I was expecting it to be difficult; it is supposed to be difficult, and not everyone is expected to complete it.  One sailor was making his third attempt. The physical, mental, and psychological challenges pushed every limit I had.  However, the rewards were commensurate.  I’m not exaggerating to say that it was a profound experience and I learned a tremendous amount, about single-handing, sailing in general and about myself.

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