Lake Erie Waterkeeper Conference Perrysburg, Ohio March 31
Thanks to all who stopped at our exhibit at the Cleveland boat show.
Thanks to all those that signed the petitions that will help Lake Erie by establishing an accountable plan and requiring soil manure phosphorus be the same as commercial fertilizer. We will have updates on the petitions and this effort. The Cleveland boat show Drawing winner is Cindy Haney from Cleveland, Ohio… Congratulations!!!
Our next exhibit will be at the Catawba island boat show April 28-30
Say hello at the Lake Erie Foundation table at the boat show and get some Lake Erie information…
Thanks to all who attended the December 2, 2016, Lake Erie Forum
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Lake Erie updates: Ohio E.P.A. released the Nutrient Balance Report on December 30, 2016. This report was required under legislation that was passed to help with reducing algae blooms. The report fails to produce an accountable plan for needed nutrient reductions and puts off identifying sources and amounts as well as addressing dissolved reactive phosphorus until 2018 or beyond. Perhaps, most disappointing is the failure to identify agricultural runoff (commercial fertilizer and manure) as the major source of the increasing algae problem. Here is a link to the report:
Final Nutrient Mass Balance Report 12/30/16 PDF
Ohio EPA did not release a draft for comment, but at the end of the report, the Farm Bureau and other similar parties were able to provide input into the report. No Lake Erie or other Ohio water advocates were given this opportunity.
The International Joint Commission has issued their Great Lakes Triennial Report which includes what is known as Annex 4 – Nutrients – Lake Erie. The report is under review and comments will be shared soon. There are public meetings scheduled and one is listed on March 20 in Detroit/Toledo. Will share location and other information when made available. Here is the link for the report
The IJC has also prepared a Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Progress Report – which is up for comment – more information to come.
Coming in early 2017 – Lake Erie Foundation website with lots of information, links, and ways to help Lake Erie.
Lake Erie was at its best for the Great Lakes Healing our waters conference Sept. 20-22 at Cedar Point. About 350 people attended to learn about Lake Erie algae and other Great Lakes issues but the highlight was the 80 plus degree weather and the blue lake. People were swimming in the lake and there were campfires on the beach. Cedar Point was an awesome host.
The Lake Erie Foundation is combining Lake Erie Advocacy provided by the Lake Erie Improvement Association (LEIA) and Lake Erie Waterkeeper (LEW) into a long term sustainable organization that will serve Lake Erie’s waters for decades to come. The Lake Erie Foundation is dedicated to protecting and preserving our most valuable freshwater resource — Lake Erie
The Lake Erie Foundation works to promote Lake Erie advocacy, legal work, education and outreach programs. Restoration will continue to thrive with the many dedicated groups doing great work in the Lake Erie watershed. The transition from LEIA and LEW is underway. Both LEIA and LEW will hold their regular meetings for most of 2016. For information on the foundation contact email@example.com or Jamie Steineman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Erie Improvement Association (LEIA)
Since 2011, the Lake Erie Improvement Association has advocated for economic sustainability and growth from the economics created by Lake Erie. Foundation roundtable discussions will be scheduled for 2017. Stay tuned.
Lake Erie Waterkeeper
Since 2004. Lake Erie Waterkeeper, a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, has advocated for improvements to water quality to sustain drinking water, fishing and recreation in Lake Erie’s water. Lake Erie Waterkeeper meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 pm. The meetings are at Packo’s back room in downtown Toledo or at the Toledo Yacht Club at the Toledo Yacht Club on Summit St. For more information go to lakeeriewaterkeeper.org.