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On most afternoons before spring arrives you'll find Dick Casey, 78, shooting pool with friends at Gold Crown Billiards. They'll be at an end table, which has more room to move around. After a career in the auto parts industry, much of it spent in Las Vegas, Casey said he wanted to return home to Erie.
The data backs up what environmental groups have been saying for years and what the head of the state EPA said last month: Voluntary steps farmers have taken to scale back the fertilizers feeding Lake Erie's massive algae blooms aren't enough. Gov. John Kasich's administration now wants legislation ...

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Shipwreck hunters are planning to excavate around a Lake Erie wreck this summer that they think could be the remains of a schooner that went down nearly two centuries ago. Its size, design and location point toward it being a sailing ship called the Lake Serpent, which sunk in 1829, the ...
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is asking for broad public input on its plan to have the open waters of western Lake Erie declared impaired under the federal Clean Water Act. And a leading group opposed to the state agency's decision is encouraging its supporters to offer feedback, too.
Macroplastics (any plastics bigger than 5 mm) are found in some abundance during clean-ups of Lake Erie, according to a study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Macroplastics can be anything from cigarette butts to kids' toys, the Cleveland Water Department said.
Associated Press. TOLEDO. Research into Lake Erie's toxic algae shows no clear decrease in the pollutants feeding the persistent blooms during the past five years, according to an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency report. The review also finds that nearly all of the phosphorus and nitrogen flowing ...

Ohio Zoo Begins Process to Restore Sturgeon in Lake Erie. Ohio zoo officials have begun the process of restoring a fish species in Lake Erie that's nearly extinct. April 21, 2018, at 8:37 ... The species was once abundant in Lake Erie but nearly disappeared by the early 1900s because of overfishing. ___.
Birds of Lake Erie Day: Celebrate the third annual Birds of Lake Erie Day 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28 at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, with events for all ages, including hikes with wildlife rehabilitation specialist Tim Jasinski, live animals programs, an update on Cleveland's Lights Out initiative and ...
Is Lake Erie really the most fertile and fish filled big lake in the world? The answer would be hard to prove, but if it isn't, Erie is surely a close runner-up. It's walleye fishing is tops, smallmouth action excellent, limits of yellow perch can be easy to come by, and between bites, there are tons of ordinary fish like ...
"A lot of the focus on Lake Erie right now has to do with nutrient runoff and pollution and the harmful algae blooms that happen each summer," said Laura Johnson, Director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University. Those algal blooms are driven by the amount of nutrients ...
Tom Bridgeman, the University of Toledo's best-known algae researcher and a limnologist in the school's Department of Environmental Sciences, has been named the next director of UT's Lake Erie Center in Oregon. Mr. Bridgeman said Friday he will replace interim LEC director Timothy Fisher in about a ...
PORT CLINTON — There are some Lake Erie walleye fishermen who are determined to display only the poker face. They prefer to keep their emotions a couple of fathoms under the surface and keep their cards close to the vest, while not allowing themselves to get too excited about what could be sitting ...
Nearly four years after Toledo's 2014 water crisis, the Maumee River and other western Lake Erie tributaries are still so besieged by algae-forming phosphorus that the Kasich administration now agrees it has no recourse but to impose tough, new regulations on farmers. Ohio Environmental Protection ...
In a decision hailed by environmental advocates as a major victory for clean drinking water, Senior U.S. District Judge James G. Carr accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency of botching the Lake Erie impairment controversy and, at one point, went ...
In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, an algae bloom covers Lake Erie near the City of Toledo water intake crib off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. Scientists are predicting a "significant" algae bloom will form this summer on western Lake Erie, a continuing health hazard in a region where algae toxins forced a ...
The Spring 2017 Western Lake Erie Tributary Water Monitoring Summary, released last week by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, shows high levels of phosphorus headed to Lake Erie. Exacerbated by wet weather, the total phosphorus load in the Maumee River was elevated to more than twice ...
The owner of Try-It Distributing Co. wants to convert a longtime former summer camp in Evans into a new residential community – the latest example of housing growth along Lake Erie and transformation of historic camp properties. Eugene Vukelic and his family are planning to put up single-family houses ...

Online Extras: To see a gallery of our best photos of the week: GoErie.com/Photos. Have an idea for a Lake Erie Moment? Contact photography supervisor Christopher Millette at chris.millette@timesnews.com or at 870-1712.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced the release of a domestic action plan for reducing phosphorus, a major contributor to harmful algae blooms, in Lake Erie. The action plan summarizes the actions federal agencies and states are taking to achieve the targets for phosphorus reduction ...
The state capital appropriations bill that passed last week in the Ohio House of Representatives will include funding for programs designed to help clean Lake Erie, State Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Steve Arndt said. House Bill 529 passed Wednesday in the House by a vote of 92-3 and ...
There's a computer app for just about everything these days. Even one that can tell you how Lake Erie is doing at any given moment. Like most things, water buoys are going high tech. No longer just a way to mark paths for boats, buoys can tell us all kinds of things about what's happening on the lake.
The closed season on Lake Erie smallmouth and largemouth bass has resulted in improvements in the numbers and size of both species, say the people who manage the fish populations in the big lake. Most Ohioans are well aware of the abundance of walleyes in Lake Erie as anglers such as national ...
COLUMBUS - State Sen. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, and State Rep. Steve Arndt, R-Port Clinton, are praising the state's new Capital Appropriations Bill as having more good news for clean water and Lake Erie. While the bill includes funding for historic preservation, tourism job development, infant ...
As reported last summer, the condition of Lake Erie is turning dire. The 2014 toxic algal bloom forced Toledo to shut off its water supply to over 500,000 people, and Michigan's environmental agency declared its portion of the Erie shoreline "impaired." Four years later, the creeks and rivers leading into ...
Under average Lake Erie water levels, Rocky River Harbor requires dredging every three to four years, and Vermilion Harbor should be dredged every two to three years, the Army Corps said. The recent high water levels have allowed the harbors to avoid unsafe navigation conditions and negative ...
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz is heading to the Washington, D.C. Kapszukiewicz joins members of the Ohio Environmental Council to speak with members of Ohio's congressional delegation about Lake Erie and toxic algae. The mayor will join Kristy Meyer, Ohio ...
Other actions include creating permanent demonstration wetlands and researching a type of green algae in Lake Erie's eastern basin. In a release from environmental groups including the National Wildlife Federation, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, ...
In this Sept. 20, 2017 photo, a catfish appears on the shoreline in the algae-filled waters of North Toledo, Ohio. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called for stepped-up efforts to reduce nutrient pollution that contributes to algae blooms in Lake Erie but recommended no new federal regulations to ...
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Lake Erie can't speak for itself, so dozens of Ohioans will be its voice this week on Capitol Hill. They join hundreds ... Kristy Meyer, vice president of policy and natural resources at the Ohio Environmental Council, said the cuts could be detrimental to Lake Erie. "We consistently see a ...
But with the discovery of a nesting pair in Pennsylvania's Presque Isle State Park last year–the first to take up residence on Lake Erie for 60 years–the winds have changed. Researchers found 76 nesting pairs throughout the Great Lakes region in 2017. “Finally the last two or three years we're starting to ...
One will make a splash at a museum on Lake Erie while another has been broken into sections to make art in Beverly. At the Montserrat College of Art Gallery in Beverly, Chicago artist John Preus has designed a large scale enclosed space out of old boats. Built over two-plus weeks in the shape of a bull, ...
The body of 65-year-old Thomas Fields was found in Presque Isle Bay near Erie, Pennsylvania. Erie police say Fields was in town for a family celebration. His family reported him missing at 4:45 a.m. Saturday, noting he suffered from dementia. Closer to 6 a.m., police were tipped off that a man matching ...
When Lake Erie is ice covered, the chance of lake-effect snow is greatly diminished. Cold air masses aloft have less chance to absorb lake water via evaporation from an ice-covered lake and then drop it in the form of snowfall, as happened during the record-setting snowfall during Christmas week.
Detroit – A U.S.-Canadian agency says there's little doubt that commercial fertilizer and manure are the top sources of phosphorus pollution in western Lake Erie. The International Joint Commission says its science advisory board based the conclusion on an extensive analysis of existing data about the ...
The teachers at Rock School Studios pass on their love of music to their students. Logan Catrabone, 13, of Millcreek Township, was perched on a stool Feb. 7, strumming a ukulele during a lesson at Rock School Studios in Millcreek Township. “I started playing about two years ago after my uncle gave me ...
Asian carp could decimate native fish species in Lake Erie and other Great Lakes, throwing the ecosystem out of balance. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is focused on both these issues and provides the federal resources badly needed to address these dangers. It is essential for preserving the ...
For more information on this astounding lake-effect event, see below. For the snow-fatigued in the area, the good news is that Lake Erie is 93.44 ice covered as of Feb. 4, according to NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. When ice forms on the Great Lakes, the ability for lake-effect ...
“As a national-level competition, the AdWheel Awards carry a lot of prestige, and we are so proud to be among the winners,” said Lake Erie Transit General Manager Mark Jagodzinski in a press release. APTA is an international group of 1,500 public and private sector organizations that provide bus, ...
Beginning this fall, students will not need to pursue a bachelor's degree in fine arts to continue their musical training at Lake Erie College. “Lake Erie College is delighted to offer a new minor in music,” said Jennifer Swartz-Levine, dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “This minor was ...
An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that killed 12 people and sickened at least 87 in Flint, Mich., in 2014 and 2015 was caused by low chlorine levels in the municipal water system, scientists have confirmed. It's the most detailed evidence yet linking the bacterial disease to the city's broader water crisis.
Lake Erie Moment: Erie business helps hair salons, stylists .... Have an idea for a Lake Erie Moment? Contact photography supervisor Christopher Millette at chris.millette@timesnews.com or at 870-1712. Christopher Millette can be reached at 870-1712 or by email. Follow him on Twitter at www.
At this time of year, we tend to turn away from the Great Lakes, counting down the days until we can swim, fish, or go boating. But a new show at a Cleveland art gallery looks at Lake Erie from a perspective we rarely see – the icy one.
His home waters are Lake Erie, a fishery that we share with our fellow Keystone State anglers. If you would like to step into Lefebre's world, check out a relatively new television show called “Erie Extreme” that is now airing 7 a.m. Sundays on WUTV. It's not your typical fishing show. “It's kind of like a cross ...
The cold and windy days of late autumn and winter transform the Great Lakes into what Canadian photographer Dave Sanford calls "wickedly wild and treacherous bodies of waters." Sandford has worked to capture the ocean-like waves created by winter storms in Lake Erie in his photo series "Liquid ...
On Friday, the snowy owl that formerly inhabited the Parkersburg, West Virginia area was released near Lake Erie. Photo courtesy of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. PARKERSBURG — The snowy owl that made its temporary home in Parkersburg over a month ago has been released back ...
To see a gallery of our best photos of the week: GoErie.com/Photos. Have an idea for a Lake Erie Moment? Contact photography supervisor Christopher Millette at chris.millette@timesnews.com or at 870-1712.
Lake Erie is now 74 percent ice-covered, according to data obtained Tuesday from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory with the National Weather Service. The total ice cover was recorded Tuesday at 7 a.m. The ice cover recorded for all Great Lakes was measured at 20.7 percent.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency admitted it was wrong last year to approve a decision by the Ohio EPA to designate only limited shoreline areas of western Lake Erie as “impaired.” The Clean Water Act requires Ohio, every two years, to evaluate the water quality of all waters within its jurisdiction ...
Environmental groups filed a lawsuit in April after the Ohio EPA left Lake Erie off its list of impaired waterways, saying that the decision would prolong the lake's problems. Calling the lake “impaired” would set limits on pollution sources including agricultural runoff and wastewater treatment plants.
MARBLEHEAD, Ohio — Authorities in northern Ohio say three people were rescued after falling through the ice on western Lake Erie. The Blade in Toledo reports the trio was riding an all-terrain vehicle on the frozen lake near. East Harbor State Park when the ice cracked and the vehicle sank on Sunday.


 

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