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Ed FitzGerald speaks on running for governor and health of Lake Erie

FitzGerald speaking at his press conference on Friday, August 8.

Ed FitzGerald, who is running to be the next governor of Ohio, held a small press conference Friday, August 8, in Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. FitzGerald, who is on a Hometown Tour of small communities around Ohio, has stopped in Ottawa County three times in the last month. He attended the Ottawa County Fair where he spoke with supporters and constituents about their concerns and hopes for Ohio, he attended the Ottawa County Democratic summer picnic on Wednesday, August 6, and his most recent stop to Lakeview Park for a press conference.

The press conference started by Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone welcoming FitzGerald to the city. He then started speaking about FitzGerald and why he is a great candidate for governor.

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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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