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Fighting harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie topic of workshops

UT doctoral student Todd Crail took this photo of algal blooms on Maumee Bay across the street from the Lake Erie Center last August.

Best practices and legal tools to combat harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie will be the focus of two workshops sponsored by The University of Toledo College of Law and Ohio Sea Grant.

The workshops will be held Friday, March 16, in the UT Law Center and Friday, March 30, at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Assembly Center in Columbus. The free, public workshops will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast and end at 12:15 p.m.

Harmful algal blooms — toxin-producing algae that form during the summer — are an increasingly severe problem in Lake Erie. Triggered primarily by excess phosphorus, these blooms adversely impact aquatic life and human health as well as recreation, tourism, fishing and property values.

During the workshops, experts from law, science and government will address ways to reduce phosphorus loading to Lake Erie and its tributaries from key Ohio sources.

“These workshops provide a unique interdisciplinary approach to solving the harmful algal blooms problem,” said Kenneth Kilbert, UT professor of law and director of its Legal Institute of the Great Lakes. “Anyone interested in the health of Lake Erie should benefit by attending.”

The workshops are partially funded by a grant from the National Sea Grant Law Center.

More information and the workshop agenda are available here.

To register, email donna.amstutz@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.2851.

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