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Natural solution to algae problem in western Lake Erie 

Image courtesy of NOAA

Editor’s note: this article was written by Ray Stewart, President of Ohio Wetlands Association and Dr. William J. Mitsch, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University; Director, Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, OSU; Eminent Scholar and Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park; Founding Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Engineering

Officials may be hedging their responses to the latest water crisis in the western Lake Erie basin but there is no mystery to what is going on. While the investigation into specifics about this particular spike have not been completed, the general causes are well understood. 

Too many nutrients, especially phosphorus, have made their way into the water. Agricultural fertilizers, septic systems, sewage treatment plants and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are all contributors. These nutrients, combined with the long day lengths and the warmer temperatures of summer, create the perfect incubator for algae and especially Mycrosistis cyanobacteria that produce toxic substances. 

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Ed FitzGerald speaks on running for governor and health of Lake Erie

FitzGerald speaking at his press conference on Friday, August 8.

Ed FitzGerald, who is running to be the next governor of Ohio, held a small press conference Friday, August 8, in Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. FitzGerald, who is on a Hometown Tour of small communities around Ohio, has stopped in Ottawa County three times in the last month. He attended the Ottawa County Fair where he spoke with supporters and constituents about their concerns and hopes for Ohio, he attended the Ottawa County Democratic summer picnic on Wednesday, August 6, and his most recent stop to Lakeview Park for a press conference.

The press conference started by Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone welcoming FitzGerald to the city. He then started speaking about FitzGerald and why he is a great candidate for governor.

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Gardner and Redfern host Lake Erie Caucus Algae Forum

Photo from Experimental Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin released by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

State Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Chris Redfern have announced they will host a special meeting of the Lake Erie Legislative Caucus on August 15 to focus on algae problems plaguing the lake and, most recently, the Toledo area’s drinking water.

Gardner and Redfern are co-chairs of the Lake Erie Caucus along with Senator Capri Cafaro of Hubbard and Representative Mike Dovilla of Beres. The leaders have scheduled the forum for Friday, August 15 beginning at 10 a.m. at Maumee Bay State Park in eastern Lucas County.

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