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This blog has three main goals: 1. Identify environmental concerns regarding the health of Lake Erie 2. Provide informative research background on current fresh water issues 3. Outline steps citizens, corporations and countries can take to improve the health of Lake Erie.


September 29, 2018 Posted by: Kathie Holbrook

The forecast for the 2018 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) is officially out. If you want to hear about it first hand, just click on the following link to glean important information from the HAB forecast webinar recently hosted by The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab: Also check out the interactive HABs factsheet at



July 21, 2018 Posted by: K.A. Holbrook

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie.  The cyanobacteria Microcystis is a stinky, slimy, pea-green soupy material that produces a toxin called mycrocystin. 



August 13, 2017 Posted by: K.A. Holbrook

The Washington Post January 5 headline reads, “Invasive Asian Carp Could Overtake Lake Erie.” Absolutely! One 22 pound Silver Asian Carp was actually caught 9 miles from Lake Michigan on June 22. Hello! Wake up citizens! Contact your representatives and congressmen to support the “Stop Asian Carp Now Act.”



July 22, 2017 Posted by: K.A. Holbrook

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are the most talked about, worried about, and researched phenomena in the Lake Erie watershed today. The entire nation and Canada are watching to see the 2017 outcome of algal blooms on Lake Erie.



July 07, 2017 Posted by: K.A. Holbrook

You could call them Mayflies, Junebugs, dun, shadfly, fishfly or even “Canadian Soldiers”, but the local Hexagonia really is just a nuisance to area residents!


Monoculture of Invasive Garlic Mustard

June 22, 2017 Posted by: K.A. Holbrook

Garlic Mustard is an alien invasive species that was brought from Europe to North America by settlers in the 1860s. Garlic Mustard was used for herbal and medical use and also to flavor food.


Let’s Get Personal about Your Privy:

June 15, 2017 Posted by: K.A. Holbrook

Did you know your toilet flushing capabilities are legislated by Congress? Turns out that the largest portion of indoor home water use is actually flushing your commode.


What’s in Your Carbon Footprint?

June 08, 2017 Posted by: K.A. Holbrook

Carbon footprint is a rough estimate of a complex ecological measure of the direct emission of gases that cause changed in the atmosphere. You would have to be a scientist to make complete sense of it, and that is what you are expected to be in 2017: a citizen scientist.


Planetary Plastic Plague

June 04, 2017 Posted by: K.A. Holbrook

“There is a great future in plastics,” was a quote from the movie The Graduate (1967). Well, the future is here and I have one key word for you today that may actually destroy the future: PLASTICS.


Freshwater Heroes Make a Difference

October 14, 2016 Posted by: Kathie Holbrook

These blogs have been more than a rant of one crying out in what once was a wilderness. Our world is changing at an accelerated rate because of the things we make and the places we go. The impact on our environment in many cases has been irreversible. Humans have not always been proactive in preventing damage to our environment. Consequently, we are now tasked with saving what is left.


What Secrets Lie Beneath?

August 26, 2016 Posted by: Kathie Holbrook

Oh, Lake Erie, beautiful Lake Erie, what secrets lie beneath your surface? One fact is NO secret after every storm.


Microscopic Monsters Are Real Battle of Lake Erie

May 17, 2016 Posted by: Kathie Holbrook

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial stands like a sentinel watching over the site of the War of 1812’s Battle of Lake Erie. Today, the Monument towers over an ongoing environmental battle of non-native or alien invasive aquatic species. Invasive species are one of the major factors contributing to the cause of instability and ecosystem change around the world.


Chart Your Course & Learn the Ropes to Preserve our Parks

June 17, 2016 Posted by: Kathie Holbrook

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. Visitation can be a balancing act for the conservation of our 411 National Park Service areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state. 307,247,252 people visited our national parks in 2015. Ironically, these same invited visitors may unknowingly be moving dangerous plants, animals, or viruses into the very lands we have been entrusted to protect.


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