IJC To Hold Public Meetings on Lake Erie Algae


The International Joint Commission (IJC) will be hosting public meetings in eight communities on both sides of the Lake Erie in August and September, providing information about its Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority (LEEP) and hearing from boaters about concerns regarding nutrient pollution and harmful algal blooms. 

Previously, the IJC announced that a key research focus of the Commission under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement is developing the essential elements of a plan to help governments address the challenges facing Lake Erie.

Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

August 20
Leamington, ON
Kinsmen Recreation Complex
 
August 21
Port Stanley, ON
Port Stanley Arena and Community Centre
 
August 22
Dunnville, ON
Dunnville Community Lifespan Centre
 
August 23
Monroe, MI
Monroe City Hall
 
August 27
Port Clinton, OH
Sutton Center
 
August 28
Windsor, ON
Windsor Public Library (Central)
 
September 6
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
 
September 10
Cleveland, OH
Idea Center at Playhouse Square
 

The public sessions begin at 6 pm with an open house/poster session during which experts will be available to answer questions.  There will be a short presentation at 7 pm, followed by public comments and additional questions until 9 pm.

The Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority is examining issues related to excess algal growth in Lake Erie, including the effects of climate change. Algal blooms have been reported across the lake, fouling boat slips and clogging engine water intakes.