Ohio grain organizations working to improve waterways

While many factors and sources affect water quality, Ohio’s agricultural organizations, including the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program are investing more than $1 million to conduct on-farm, edge-of-field testing in partnership with The Ohio State University, OSU Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. 

The research, already in progress, is monitoring surface runoff and sub-surface drainage from the edges of fields. How phosphorus moves from fields to waterways has never before been explored in such detail in Ohio. The results will be used to identify and rank farming practices that are most effective in keeping nutrients on the field and out of waterways, helping farmers to reduce runoff and improve Ohio’s waterways.


Kite Flight brightens the skies over Port Clinton

On Sunday at Waterworks Park the Fifth Annual Greater Port Clinton Arts Council’s Kite Flight brightened the grey skies. Special guests the Windjammers out of Detroit, MI, are a world-traveling professional kite flying team who recently came back from an event in Singapore. This year’s Kite Flight also featured a make your own kite table and the Rotary Club perch wagon.



Navy Seaman Apprentice Robert Waschpusch Jr, son of Joanne L. Waschpusch of Port Clinton and Everett Tennant of Marblehead, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL.


Significant harmful algal bloom predicted for this summer

Bloom anticipated to be similar to 2003

After an accurate prediction last year, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) once again issued a seasonal harmful algal bloom (HAB) forecast for Lake Erie at an all-day press event at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island last week. The forecast predicts a significant bloom for this summer, similar to conditions last seen in 2003 and about one-fifth the size of 2011’s record bloom.

“Significant means that people will notice a bloom,” explains Dr. Richard Stumpf, Oceanographer at NCCOS. “However, you can plan your activities around a bloom of this scale.” Stumpf recommended that those interested in getting updates about HABs in Lake Erie subscribe to NOAA’s Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie Bulletin, which offers weekly updates of bloom locations and impacts.


The flying Ford, still flying

Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone (right foreground) thanks Maurice Hovious for bringing the TriMotor restoration project to the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. 


Commercial for Port Clinton on YouTube

Lauren Shubach, Operations Manager for Main Street Port Clinton, announces the completion of a YouTube video promoting Port Clinton. The video, found below, was made by Nick James Productions and features a light-hearted and catchy tune that is receiving positive response. Shubach thanks everyone involved in making this project a success.


Thanks for 4th volunteers

This is why I love living in a small town. A few weeks ago a call went out for singers to be part of a community chorus to sing patriotic songs on July 4th. With just four two-hour rehearsals they did it. It was more than singing. The narrator told us the origin of each song or hymn and even proclaimed the Gettysburg Address.

Following the concert, which was just one of the activities on the 4th, was a fantastic, heart pounding - you know when the booms reach in and grab your insides - display of fireworks that surpassed those I saw last night.


ODNR keeps Ohio's waters safer with Sober Boater effort

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently participated in Operation Dry Water, a nationwide crackdown to remove impaired boaters from public waterways June 28-30.

ODNR Division of Watercraft officers contacted boaters on 456 vessels and made 10 arrests for boating under the influence (BUI). As with motor vehicle operators, boat operators in Ohio are considered legally intoxicated if their blood alcohol limit reaches 0.08 percent.

Watercraft officers also issued 121 citations and 423 boating safety warnings, as well as nine drug-related violations. There were no boating-related fatalities in Ohio during the 2013 Operation Dry Water weekend.

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