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Duck Drop, Chemo Crawl coming up

Going to the island or need a day at Monsoon Lagoon to cool off? Then support the American Cancer Society by purchasing a duck for the second annual Duck Drop to be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at Monsoon Lagoon.  Your $10 duck purchase will give you a choice of a one-day Waterpark Pass to Monsoon Lagoon or a Round Trip Ferry Ticket to Put-in-Bay on the Miller Boat Line. All ducks will be dropped into the lazy river at Monsoon Lagoon and the first to finish wins the grand prize of $700. Second is $500 and third will be $300 worth of local gift certificates.  Last year it took 4 minutes for the ducks to race around the lazy river.

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Forecast predicts mild Harmful Algal Bloom

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science issued the first-ever seasonal harmful algal bloom forecast for Lake Erie at an all-day press event Thursday at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. The forecast predicts a mild bloom, similar to conditions last seen in 2007 and about one-tenth the size of last year’s bloom.
“A mild bloom is great news for this year,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reutter, Director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory. “But this is happening because we’re in a drought, not because phosphorus loading to Lake Erie has improved. If we have a real wet spring in 2013, we could be right back to where we were.”

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Prescribed burns set to clear invasive plants

Have you been noticing giant black plumes of smoke in the sky around Lake Erie lately? The local Pheasants Forever chapter and the Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District have been conducting prescribed burns as a fundamental part of the Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area program. This program aims to protect, restore, and enhance the Western Lake Erie Basin landscape and wetlands by coordinating efforts to identify, prevent and control invasive species.

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