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Posted on: September 21, 2016

Commissioners Continue Leadership on Lake Erie Issues, Participate in Healing Our Waters Conference

Toledo, OH – The Lucas County Commissioners will join hundreds of environmental activists and experts for a three day event, the Healing Our Waters (HOW) Conference in Sandusky, Ohio this week. The Lucas County Commissioners have been at the forefront of the response to the harmful algal blooms since before the Toledo water crisis in August 2014, when a “do not drink” advisory was issued by the City of Toledo, resulting in over 400,000 being without fresh drinking water for two and a half days. On Wednesday morning, Commissioner Contrada will moderate a panel of experts at the HOW Conference to discuss lessons learned from the Chesapeake Bay TMDL process. In 2015, Commissioner Contrada worked closely with the authors of the Lucas County-commissioned report, Moving Forward: Legal Solutions to Lake Erie’s Harmful Algal Blooms. In 2016, Commissioner Contrada was named to the White House National Ocean Council’s Governance Coordinating Committee, and will serve with elected officials, environmental activists, and other experts to focus on issues pertaining to the health of the Great Lakes. Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak will speak on Wednesday afternoon during a panel of local residents and experts to talk about Lucas County’s response to the 2014 water crisis. Commissioner Wozniak will also showcase the Nutrient Sources Inventory program, which was presented at a public hearing at the Main Library in Toledo on September 8, 2016. The Nutrient Sources Inventory program will look at nutrient sources from throughout the Western Lake Erie Basin and identify possible management strategies to combat harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Each year the Great Lakes Coalition brings together a diverse group of more than 400 people from throughout the Great Lakes region to attend the Healing Our Waters Conference. The conference provides a three-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals. An agenda for the event can be found at: http://conference.healthylakes.org/2016-agenda/ ###

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