Ohio EPA, charter boats
Partnership to monitor lake for algal blooms
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s water monitoring program for Lake Erie has gained a partner – the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association.
The EPA and charter boat captains came up with the idea earlier this year to have the captains sample the lake between Toledo and Sandusky for harmful algal blooms.
Dina Pierce, a spokesperson for the agency, said the partnership will help the EPA to collect data at locations outside the agency’s near shore monitoring program.
She said the charter captains will coordinate with each other where they will sample to ensure different areas are being tested.
The near shore sampling program began last year when the agency received a federal grant to develop a monitoring network.
The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab will join the partnership later this year, Pierce said, adding the EPA has awarded Stone Lab a $50,000 education grant to purchase monitoring and laboratory equipment, which will be used to process the charter captains’ samples as well as data complied by students studying Lake Erie water quality issues at the lab.
Ohio EPA staff monitors water conditions from 13 stations along the shoreline between Toledo and Conneaut from March through October.
If a 6.75-mill operating levy for the Lake Local School District fails on the Aug. 7 ballot, the school board is already looking ahead to November.
At a special meeting set for Aug. 1, the board is expected to file a request with the Wood County Auditor to certify a 6.75-mill levy for the Nov. 6 ballot.
Jeff Carpenter, district treasurer, said recent changes to the state’s election laws require the board to take action this early.
Board members will also consider a new contract for the district’s teachers.