Working to clean up Lake Erie

The tweet above references the first hearing of the Toward a Cleaner Lake Erie Working Group, a bipartisan effort aimed at discussing ways to fight Lake Erie’s algal blooms. It took place at the Ohio Statehouse Tuesday.

Cathann A. Kress, as you may know, is CFAES’s dean. You can follow her on Twitter at @cathannkress.

Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and CFAES’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie, also spoke at the hearing.

Catch this lecture

Stone Lab’s 2018 summer guest lecture series wraps up at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, with “Fish Management in the 21st Century” by Rich Carter, executive administrator of the Fish Management Group in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife; and a research brief called “Invasive Species Management and Research: Are We Working at the Same Scales?” by University of Toledo ecology professor Jonathan Bossenbroek.

Admission is free and open to the public. Learn more about the program and how to attend. You also can watch online.

Stone Lab, part of CFAES, is located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. (Photo: Stone Lab Lake Erie sport fishing workshop, 2016, Tory Gabriel, Ohio Sea Grant, via Flickr.)

Register for composting tour by July 30

Composting in Ohio: A Tour of the Industry, an annual event co-sponsored by CFAES’s Ohio Composting and Manure Management program and the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio, starts at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 in Lima. General registration is $40. Student registration is $25. Both include lunch. Act fast: The deadline to register is Monday, July 30.

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Resilient communities in a changing climate?

Aaron Wilson, atmospheric scientist with CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm and Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, and Jiyoung Lee, associate professor with CFAES’s Department of Food Science and Technology and Ohio State’s College of Public Health, will be among the dozen-plus speakers at Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate, a daylong educational forum on May 18 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Admission is free and open to the public, includes lunch, but you have to register by May 14.

Get details and a link to register. (Photo: iStock.)

EPN’s big event, ‘Sustainability Through Reinvention,’ to feature speakers from Patagonia, Owens Corning, Jeni’s

The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), a nearly 2,000-member professional group organized by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), has announced its 2018 Signature Event.

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On the beach, and what it’s worth

Brent Sohngen, professor in CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, has received a grant from Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program to determine the economic value of Lake Erie’s beaches — useful information for estimating, say, the economic hit from harmful algal blooms.

Which Lake Erie beach do you value most? Leave your reply below. (Photo: Lake Erie near Sandusky by Mampfred, iStock.)