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Lake Erie Improvement Association presents Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue

Guest speaker State Representative Chris Redfern with LEIA president Jim Stouffer and guest speaker Ohio Senator Randy Gardner.

“There is not a more vital resource in our backyard than Lake Erie,” said Lake Erie Improvement Association (LEIA) President and Chairman/CEO of Catawba Island Club Jim Stouffer Friday at LEIA’s Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue event held at Catawba Island Club. “The lake affects jobs and families. Anything we can do as a marine or hospitality industry we need to do it. We have to make sure this resource stays vibrant.”

LEIA is a Lake Erie watershed-wide economic sustainability initiative dedicated to healthy waters and fish by promoting cooperation and wise resource management for the benefit of the Lake Erie basin. The goal of LEIA is to reduce nutrient loading into Lake Erie and to help address other Lake Erie challenges. LEIA bridges the gap between public and private Lake Erie stakeholders, using a business model approach. LEIA is uniquely positioned as the organization that speaks for healthy Lake Erie dependent businesses to promote economic sustainability.

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Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue

The Lake Erie Improvement Association is holding a fundraiser Friday, May 2 from 4-7 p.m. to help heal Lake Erie and bring awareness to its growing health needs. The event, called Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue, is hosted by Catawba Island Club and Lake Erie Marine Trade Association in conjunction with the Progressive Catawba Island In-Water Boat show to support the efforts of the Lake Erie Improvement Association. 

Special guests for the evening will include Ohio State Senator Randy Gardner and Ohio State Representative Chris Redfern. There will be grazing food options, beverages, door prizes and music by Colin Dussault’s Blue’s Project.

Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue is generously supported by First Federal of Lakewood, Clemons Boats, Happy Days Boating, Marine Max, Pier 53, South Shore Marine, Skipper Bud’s, Riverfront Yacht Sales and Services, Catawba Moorings, and Great Lakes Brewery.

To purchase a ticket for the event or to make a donation to the Lake Erie Improvement Association visit healingthelake.eventbrite.com or call the Catawba Island Club at 419-797-4424.

The Lake Erie Improvement Association is a nonpartisan Lake Erie watershed-wide economic sustainability initiative dedicated to healthy waters and fish by promoting cooperation and wise resource management for the benefit of the Lake Erie basin. For more information on the Lake Erie Improvement Association visit lakeerieimprovement.org.

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Lake Erie Improvement Association addresses algal blooms

Larry Fletcher for LESI West, Senator Randy Gardner and Joan Van Offeren of LESI East

On Friday, Dec. 13, the Lake Erie Improvement Association held a conference about sustaining the economics of Lake Erie at the Catawba Island Club. The Lake Erie Improvement Association is a voice for the tourists, boaters, fishermen, businesses, governments, property owners and anyone impacted economically by the health and well-being of the lake. Right now, the issue on everyone’s minds regarding Lake Erie is the presence of the blue green algae blooms.

One of the speakers at the conference was Dr. Jeff Reutter Director of Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States which continuously conducts research to solve the most pressing problems facing the Great Lakes. 80% of Lake Erie’s water comes from the upper Great Lakes, 10% comes from direct precipitation and 10% comes from the Lake Erie tributaries; the tributaries are where Dr. Reutter said the problem lies.

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