Care about toxic algal blooms? Discuss over beer

Blue green algae taking over lakes and streams across the country is the topic of conversation at a regional summit Wednesday in Hamilton County attended by leading scientists and technologists.

The summit is invite-only, but you’re invited to the happy hour afterward.

If you want to down a few MadTree beers and talk about this important issue threatening our waterways, head over to MadTree Brewery in Columbia Township this evening.

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said federal legislation recently signed into law is aimed at mitigating a toxin produced by algae blooms on East Fork Lake in Clermont County, as well as other lakes in Ohio.(Photo: Cindy Schroeder/The Community Press)

The Algal Toxin Summit, organized by a group called Confluence, ends at 4 p.m. followed by a “Making Water Connections” networking event at the brewery, located at 5164 Kennedy Ave.

“Ohio was the first state to have a big city forced to shut down its water supply due to algal toxin contamination,” said Melinda Kruyer, a spokeswoman for confluence. “With more water technology patents per capita than any other region of the country, more test beds and over 6,000 scientists dedicated to water technology innovation, the Confluence cluster is uniquely positioned to facilitate this critical and timely discussion.”

 

Photo: A sample glass of Lake Erie water is photographed near the city of Toledo water intake in August.
(Photo: Haraz N. Ghanbari, AP)

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