Lake Erie

Great Lakes Today

Capt. Larry Jones of the Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association complains about access to the lake, at Tuesday's public meeting of the International Joint Commission. He was among the area residents to comment at the meeting, which was held at the WNED/WBFO studio in Buffalo, N.Y.

by Angelica A. Morrison / Great Lakes Today

The International Joint Commission, the bi-national group that helps to oversee the Great Lakes, held two public meetings in Buffalo on Tuesday – and more than 200 people showed up to share their concerns.

On Tuesday, the International Joint Commission, a group that helps regulate the Great Lakes, is coming to Buffalo to listen to your concerns -- and discuss issues that are important to the Buffalo region.

The buildup of nutrients in western Lake Erie can trigger algae growth – and contaminate drinking water in nearby cities.  That happened as recently as 2014, when Toledo residents could not drink their water for two days.

Researchers say agriculture is largely to blame, so Ohio is requiring farmers to take special training. But it’s not clear that approach will work.

Concerns about the Great Lakes continue to dominate the news, from a leaked list of EPA budget cuts to a cautious message from an Ohio scientist. This week, a Republican congressman from Ohio and a scientist with Ohio Sea Grant agreed on the importance of continuing to fund the Great Lakes cleanup.