In 2011 an algae bloom covered one fifth of Lake Erie’s surface, eclipsing by almost three times the next largest bloom on record. Last summer, Toledo, Ohio declared a state of emergency, warning 400,000 residents to avoid drinking tap water due to the presence of high levels of algal toxins in the water supply. Similarly, in Canadian waters, the beaches of Pelee Island were closed and residents were warned not to use lake water or drink from wells in the area for almost a week.
To combat this growing threat, the US and Canada recently released their draft targets for nutrient reductions in Lake Erie. The deadline for comments on the targets is August 31st.
The Great Lakes Binational Network will be hosting a webinar on Monday, August 17th from 1:30 - 3:00pm EST to share information on the targets, and facilitate a discussion about responses from the NGO community.
The session will begin with presentations from Susan Humphrey of Environment Canada and Tinka Hyde of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, followed by a discussion with them. That will take about an hour, after which time Susan and Tinka will step off the call. We will then take a half hour to have a discussion about responses from the NGO community.
Please note that the intended audience for this webinar is the NGO community.