08/31/2017

“Save Our Lake Erie” to Engage Residents on Clean Water

ERIE, PA (August 31, 2017)—PennFuture is hosting “Save Our Lake Erie,” an educational event in which Erie residents will have the chance to learn about environmental factors contributing to the degradation of Lake Erie and how to get involved in its restoration. 
 
This free event will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 at Perry Monument pavilion at Presque Isle State Park. 
 
Forty-five years ago, Lake Erie was so polluted that TIME Magazine stated it was, “in danger of dying by suffocation.” Although there was a massive clean-up effort on the local, state, and federal levels, Lake Erie once again experienced the largest harmful algal bloom in history in 2011, with a peak intensity more than three times greater than any previously observed bloom.
 
The event will focus on how the Renewable Fuel Standard, climate change, and local pollution impact Lake Erie and what we can do in order to preserve one of our Great Lakes. While the event will last an hour, the pavilion is reserved for the entire day for those to enjoy the shoreline view. Those interested in attending the event can register by clicking here.
 
Event speakers include:
  • Steve Porter, NW Page: How Lake Erie is affected by climate change
  • Annie Regan, PennFuture: Why we need to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard
  • Anna McCartney, PA Sea Grant: Impact of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and plastic pollution on Lake Erie
  • Jerry Skrypzak, S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Fishing Club: Upcoming events happening at Lake Erie
“Although it’s not a topic that is typically associated with an increase in algal blooms, it’s imperative we reform the Renewable Fuel Standard. Lake Erie is indeed a victim of the consequences of this program. In 2014, the city of Toledo, Ohio suffered a drinking water shortage affecting half a million residents for three days due to the algal blooms. This disaster closed down beaches, which had dramatic effects on fishing, tourism, and recreation industries, all while killing and pushing marine life out of its way,” said Annie Regan, PennFuture’s Southwestern PA outreach coordinator and featured speaker at the event.
 
In addition to learning about what is happening on the local, state, and federal level for Lake Erie, attendees can meet other environmental activists in the area and enjoy the view from Perry Monument pavilion from sunset to sundown as the pavilion has been reserved for the entire day. 
 
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. For more information, visit www.pennfuture.org.
 
Contact: Stephanie Rex              
Director of Communications
412.463.2942
rex@pennfuture.org