After reading the report, Michael Murray, Ph.D., staff scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, said: “The report underscores the need for the United States and Canada to continue supporting efforts to restore the Great Lakes. As the report makes clear, progress is being made, but serious threats remain. Lake Erie’s deteriorating health serves as a warning that public officials on both sides of the border cannot let their guards down. The millions of people who rely on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, health, jobs and way of life are counting on public officials to continue to make Great Lakes restoration and protection a top priority.”
If Murray’s statement hints there may be upcoming cuts to Great Lakes restoration funding, it’s because Congress and the Trump administration seem to be leaning that way. After seeing the green water of Lake Erie during the past few years, I hope those cuts don’t appear.
Up a creek?: According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources: "Paddle sports in Ohio have increased in popularity over the past several years. In 2016, more than 181,203 Ohioans registered canoes, kayaks or other paddle-specific watercraft. Over the last decade (2007-2016), Ohio's kayak and canoe registrations (including liveries) have increased 151 percent."
Two Paddle Ohio events are scheduled in the Miami Valley. They are:
• July 22-23: Lake Fest at Cowan Lake State Park, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Many opportunities to canoe, kayak and paddleboard. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Sept. 3: Little Miami Scenic River, 5-9 p.m. Meet at Caesar Creek State Park campground and take shuttle to the river. A fish shocking demonstration will be part of the program. Contact email@example.com