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League of Women Voters to host panel discussion on keeping water clean and safe PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 October 2013 08:54
PERRYSBURG - Tuesday at 7 p.m., Way Library, in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area, will host a panel discussion on keeping water clean and safe.  Recent months have seen increased warnings about the presence of algal blooms and potential toxins in Lake Erie; in September an increase in the presence of microcystin, the toxin in the current algal bloom in Lake Erie prompted a water advisory for Carroll Township.
The panel of experts includes Michael Bailey, Deputy Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, who will focus on the state support of practices helping farmers contain the phosphorus from fertilizers going into lakes and streams. Bailey received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University and owns and operates, along with his family, the small grain farm in southern Union County on which he was raised.
Also speaking will be Leatra Harper, the founder of Freshwater Accountability Project Ohio and of the Bowling Green Earth Day Celebration Walk for World.  Harper holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toledo and a Master of Science degree from Bowling Green State University. She is an active environmentalist and will focus on clean water issues and the impact of fracking on the environment
Dr. Carol A. Stepien, Director of the Toledo Lake Erie Center will discuss Lake Erie water issues.  Dr. Stepien received her Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California and is a Professor of Ecology at the University of Toledo.  
Andy McClure, Plant Administrator for the City of Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Facility and Tim Warren, Director of Public Utilities in Perrysburg, will round out the panel. McClure will discuss the impact of the Lake Erie algal bloom on drinking water quality (Perrysburg's drinking water comes from the Collins Park Water Treatment Facility) and Warren will speak about Perrysburg's clean water efforts.

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