I spent a lot of time over the weekend on the NEW docks at Put-in-Bay. We participated in the 121st Annual Inter-Lake Yachting Association Regatta there. The new docks are spectacular! They feature a new teak-wood look and are very solid. Yes, they were a little late getting finished thanks to our unusually cold winter, but they are worth the wait.
While I was there, we learned about the “water crisis” in Toledo. Brenda Culler, former Sandusky Register Ottawa County correspondent, now works for ODNR Coastal Management in Sandusky and one of her main jobs is teaching folks about the algal blooms in Lake Erie, and she was notified early Saturday. I am pretty conservative politically, but I have often said “when it comes to Lake Erie, we are all environmentalists”. State Senator Randy Gardner was in Ottawa County on Tuesday visiting the Water Plant on Fremont Road. He has requested that the Ohio EPA provide testing and treatment assistance for any local water treatment system that may need it and further requested more frequent testing for microcystis. No doubt, the topic will come up when State Representative Chris Redfern holds a Town Hall Meeting at Put-in-Bay this Saturday at the Village Hall from 10 to 11:30 a.m. On my way back from the Regatta on Sunday, we spotted the green algae again and it covered the surface of the water. Perhaps the crisis in Toledo will bring about some positive action.