IJC to stage panel discussion, gather feedback on Lake Erie’s algal bloom woes

An expert panel discussion and public forum on the issue of Lake Erie algal bloom will take place in Leamington Wednesday (Nov. 12).

The session is part of the International Joint Commission’s efforts to understand and initiate discussion on the algal problem impacting the lake.

Leamington is one the of the communities being visited by the IJC to gather information and hear the concerns of residents.

The panel discussion is at the Leamington Municipal Complex (111 Erie St. N.) from 3 to 5 p.m. and includes Pelee Island Mayor Rick Masse, University of Waterloo biology professor William Taylor, family physician Dr. David Coates and Larry Verbeke, director of the Essex County Federation of Agriculture.

Public suggestions, comments and questions will take place during a session from 7 to 9 p.m.

Algae-borne toxins forced “do not drink” warnings for residents of both Pelee Island and Toledo’s municipal water system during this past summer.

IJC Acting Canadian co-chairman Gordon Walker will moderate the panel discussion.

“Lake Erie is clearly in trouble,” Walker said. “We need an active and informed citizenry as well as commitment from all levels of government to fix the problems.

“Sharing the science with the public and listening to people who depend on the lake for livelihoods and quality of life is essential to this process.”


Photo: Algae blooms occur on Lake Erie in this Aug. 4, 2014 photo. (Courtesy of NASA)

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