As has happened every year since 2002 starting in mid-July, a sizeable and harmful algal bloom has now formed in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, and NOAA on Monday issued a bulletin that the bloom “extends from Maumee Bay up to 13 miles north along the Michigan coast, and up to 15 miles east along the Ohio coast. Surface scum has been observed offshore of the Michigan coast.” NOAA warned everyone out on the water or the beach in this area not to swim and to keep pets out as well anywhere where the green-colored scum is forming. If you or your pet does come into contact, be sure to wash off right away and don’t let your pet lick the exposed fur.Continue Reading 593 words
We wrote a couple of weeks ago about the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, an initiative that requires the Toledo City Charter be amended to ensure the Lake Erie watershed has legal rights to “exist and flourish,” and provides a right for citizens to sue private actors that threaten the Lake’s health. While the Bill of Rights has been praised by environmental groups and the activists responsible for its passage have been invited to speak at the UN General Assembly next week, farmers and industry groups have actively worked to oppose it.Continue Reading 537 words
On Tuesday, a citizen-led referendum in Toledo to provide Lake Erie a “Bill of Rights” passed by an impressive 61-39 margin, according to the Toledo Blade’s coverage of the unofficial election results. Yes — you read that right — the Lake now has rights, thanks to a small group of determined citizens in Toledo. The initiative requires that the Toledo City Charter be amended to provide that the Lake Erie watershed has legal rights to “exist and flourish,” and provides a right for citizens to sue private actors that threaten the Lake’s health.Continue Reading 452 words
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