Progressive Island Party Sat. Feb 20 Flier join us. Progressive Island Party Registration Lake Erie Waterkeeper Conference March 18 at WWKnight Perrysburg, Ohio – registration information soon In the news.. Flint water crisis. This is what happens when all levels of government fail. For Flint the filures were on the water treatment and pipleines, for Lake Erie it is the failure to address the overapplication of manure and to keep adding more animals and more manure to the Lake Erie Watershed.
Because of Flint, USEPA Director Region V, Susan Headman resigned. She is also headed the Great Lakes Restoration programs and chaired important Lake Erei committees including the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 4.
Algae predictor – RAINFALL in winter, spring and early summer – then runoff – then when water is warm enough – harmful algae.
Need a growing effort to declare the western basin of Lake Erie impaired and the identify nutrient sources and amounts in the western and central basin of Lake Erie. This information commonly framed in the Total Maximum Daily Load(TMDL) determiniation then is used to create an accountable reportable reduction plan.
Lake Erie Improvement meetings are the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8:30 am. Next meeting Tuesday, January26 at Lake Erie Shores and Islands R 53 Port Clinton. Odd number meetings are in Port Clinton and even number meetings are at Casaway Bay Sandusky, Ohio. Meetings are roundtable discussions about Lake Erie. Lake Erie Improvement Association and Lake Erie Waterkeeper are combining to form the Lake Erie Foundation. More information to come.
Lake Erie Improvement Association sent a lett to the Ohio Directors of Agriculture, NAtural Resources, and Environmental Protection asking that the phosphorus soil content be limited to the fertilizer/ agrinomic need rather than allowing manure application to be much greater thus more runoff. Manure Letter
Save the date, Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Conference September 20-22 at Breakers at Cedar point Sandusky, Ohio. Great Lakes Conference Flier
Presentations December 11 Forum:
Lake Erie by Jeff Reutter leia pres 12 11 2015 osu reutter -
Ohio Farm Bureau, Larry Antosch, Antosch – 2015 LEIA Forum December 11
Manure from Animal Feeding operations, Pam Taylor, Sierra Club and others, leia pres 12 11 2015 sierra manure
The next Lake Erie Imrpovement meeting is Wednesday, January 13 at 8:30 am at Lake Erie Shores and Islands SR 53, Port Clinton
Need help to be at the Lake Erie booth at the Cleveland Boat Show January 15-19. Help needed THursday, Saturday and Sunday – email email@example.com.
Big News..the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Conference will be held at the Breakers, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio Sept. 20-22, 2016 – right before the presidential debate in Dayton, Ohio. OUt LAke Erie Improvement Team worked to get this conference for the last year,, the best is yet to come. 200-400 people attend this conference and other Great Lakes sessions may also coming to Sandusky… what an opportunity to make sure we showcase Lake Erie and get committments to reduce the algae. There is a petition to require that manure and all nutrients be applied at at fertlizer need rate… If you would like the petition email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Lake Erie algae gone for 2015… Satellite Lake Erie view at Lake Erie Satellite image – current
Ohio Beach Advisories for e-coli(sewage)Ohio Beach Advisories link done for 2015.
Lake Erie needs a 40% phosphorus reduction to reduce harmful algae. To do this there has to be the identification of sources, accountability and management at federal(US and Canada) and states and provinces. The sources of the phosphorus discharges to Lake Erie – fertilizer, manure, wastewater, storm water, failing septic systems, lawns etc. must be determined. One pound of phosphorus produces 300 to 500 pounds of wet algae. Western Lake Erie needs tobe declared impaired and a Nutrient Total Maximum Dailyh Load conducted followed by an Implemntation plan to reduce the harmful algae.
We can learn how Lake Erie can once again reduce the algae/nutrients from the history over 30 years ago. A report spells out steps that were taken to help the lake the last time. This report is a mass balance of Lake Erie in the early and mid 1970′s. It shows phosphorus coming in from Huron and out to Ontario – the problem in the sediments, soluble phosphorus and much more. The report also states that 90% of the water coming into Lake Erie is from the Detroit River and that understanding the inputs and currents from the Detroit River is critical to the health of Lake Erie. The report has leadership from USEPA, Environment Canada and the Corp. Report Lake Erie Mass Balance Report
Asian Carp Notre Dame Study questions the degree of impact on Lake Erie fish Notre Dame Asian Carp Study
Accumulted sediments play a significant role in Lake Erie’s algae problems according to the Army Corps dredge reprot August 2014 Also note that the Detroit River is a large source of soluble phosphorus and sediments coming into western Lake Erie.
The Lake Erie Improvement Association’s mission: A nonpartisan Lake Erie watershed-wide economic sustainability initiative dedicated to healthy waters and fish by promoting cooperation and wise resource management for the benefit of the Lake Erie basin. See stakeholder letter from President Jim Stouffer
LEIA Strategic Plan Read about challenges and priorities for a healthy Lake Erie.
New Army Corps
Lake Erie Improvement reports from the December 2013 forum: Sustaining the Economics of Lake Erie… December 2013 power point presentations:Lake Erie Economics by the Numbers, Findings of Ohio Phosphrus Task Force Phase 2, Update on Lake Erie December 2013. Here are links to Chesapeake Bay information discussed: Learning from the Chesapeake …Chesapeake Bay executive order tmdl, … Chesapeake algae reduction poster..map for Lake Erie
Carroll Township public drinking water supply showed algae related toxin to warn customers not to drink.Ohio Phosphorus 2 Task Force Report November 2013 … Voluntary measures and targets hope to reduce algae..
Detroit wastewater sewage overflows continued in 2014 especially after some of the heaviest rains in the City’s history. The impact of the sewage overflows was almost immediately experienced at Sterling Beach north of Monroe, Michigan where the beaches were closed within a day after the heavy rains. Concern for the nutrient releases and chlorine discharges continue. An authority for the water/wastewater is under consideration in conjunction with Detroit’s filing for bankruptcy..
Live eDNA for silver – the flying – Asian Carp was found in one sample in the Maumee River. Samples were also found in Michigan near the Erie marsh. There is growing concern that there may be live silver carp in Lake Erie’s western basin where EDNA have been found.
Lake Erie News
Cleveland Plain Dealer — No Asian carp found in Lake Erie probe | cleveland.com
Using electrofishing and nets to probe Sandusky Bay, Maumee Bay and Western Lake Erie, fisheries experts this week from Ohio, Michigan and the U.S. Fish …
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