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Gardner and Redfern host Lake Erie Caucus Algae Forum

Photo from Experimental Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin released by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

State Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Chris Redfern have announced they will host a special meeting of the Lake Erie Legislative Caucus on August 15 to focus on algae problems plaguing the lake and, most recently, the Toledo area’s drinking water.

Gardner and Redfern are co-chairs of the Lake Erie Caucus along with Senator Capri Cafaro of Hubbard and Representative Mike Dovilla of Beres. The leaders have scheduled the forum for Friday, August 15 beginning at 10 a.m. at Maumee Bay State Park in eastern Lucas County.

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NOAA and partners predict significant harmful algal bloom

Satellite image of the 2013 intense bloom which was concentrated in the lake’s western basin. Credit: MODIS/NASA, processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS.

NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will have a significant bloom of cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae, during the 2014 bloom season in late summer. However, the predicted bloom is expected to be smaller than last year's intense bloom, and considerably less than the record-setting 2011 bloom.

Bloom impacts will vary across the lake's western basin and are classified by an estimate of both its concentration and how far it spreads.

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Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life digitally, or on film, can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2014 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. This year's contest will feature a new category highlighting the unique winter of 2014.  

Photographers are encouraged to submit their favorite winter photos of Lake Erie and its ice cover from this past winter. This may include icescapes, ice fishing, thawing or activities that took place during Lake Erie’s frozen months. The commission continues to encourage entries depicting Lake Erie scenes, people and wildlife taken throughout the year and throughout the Lake Erie region.

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