Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lake Erie Algae – Sources and Solutions

TMACOG will host a comprehensive look at the problems with Lake Erie water at a special all-day meeting of the Environmental Council Thursday, January 22 in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. The program will look at the latest research on the sources of phosphorus in the lake’s western basin, the economic impact on tourism and increased cost of water treatment. There has been a lot of attention on agricultural sources of phosphorus but presentations will also look at municipal and residential sources of nutrients, strategies for reducing nutrients that reach the lake, and educational outreach. Case studies will be presented on using green infrastructure as one solution to capturing and managing nutrients.  

Speakers on the program include Dr. Laura Johnson of the National Center for Water Quality Research, charter boat operators working in Lake Erie, operators of municipal water treatment facilities, Steve Davis, with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jamie Kochensparger with the Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District, representatives of the Ohio EPA, Katie Rousseau of American Rivers, and stormwater specialists from the City of Toledo and Erie County.

Environmental Council members and others working in water protection in the region will receive more information as the program is developed. There will be no cost to attend but please contact Joy Minarcin, 419.241.9155 ext. 128 to register. For more information on the program contact Kurt Erichsen, 419.241.9155, ext. 126.

Thank you to CT Consultants for providing support for this meeting and presentations. 

Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments | www.tmacog.org

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