Is Enough Being Done to Clean Up Lake Erie?

Join a Public Webinar with citizens around the Great Lakes – This Wed., August 2nd at 1 p.m. on a Webinar friendly computer near you

A Call-Out from the Alliance for the Great Lakes – a citizens’ advocacy group for our shared bin-national waters

Posted August 1st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Algae robs Great Lakes waters of oxygen and wreaks havoc on one of the world’s great freshwater fisheries.

Three years ago, on August 2nd, the unthinkable happened. Toledo, a major Great Lakes city, had to ban drinking the water supply it draws from the lakes.

For two and a half days, Toledo area residents could not drink the water flowing from the taps in their homes. Businesses, from restaurants to hair salons to grocery stores, had to shut down or severely curtail operations. Residents waited in long lines for clean water or drove several hours to stock up on bottled water. A few weeks later residents of Pelee Island, Ontario faced a similar ban that lasted nearly two weeks.

It is unacceptable for Lake Erie – or any Great Lake – to be so polluted that it becomes a threat to our health.

Two years ago, the Governors of Ohio and Michigan joined with the Premier of Ontario to commit to reducing the amount of runoff pollution, specifically phosphorus, flowing into western Lake Erie by 40 percent.

The commitment marked a promise to the people of Lake Erie — a promise of a lake nearly free of harmful algal blooms and a significant reduction in risk to people and the lake.

Unfortunately, progress by Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario has been painfully slow.

Join the Alliance for the Great Lakes and Freshwater Future for a special lunchtime briefing and update on the Lake Erie crisis, our assessment of progress by Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario, and the next steps that must be taken for the governments to fulfill their promise of a clean Lake Erie.

We’ll also share how you can help and leave plenty of time to answer your questions.

To join public webinar, click on RSVP link below  –

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About the Alliance for the Great Lakes – The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow. We involve tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all.

For more information of the Alliance’s advocacy work, click on  https://greatlakes.org/about/ .

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

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