Justice, Peace and Sustainability Weekly Announcement
Aug. 15, 2019
Act Now to Protect Lake Erie
Five years ago this month, toxins from a harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie contaminated the drinking water system in Toledo, Ohio. More than half a million people were ordered not to drink, or even touch, their water for days.
Harmful algal blooms threaten public health, wildlife and the fishing, tourism and recreation industries that are central to our region’s economy. Right now, another harmful algal bloom is forming on the surface of Lake Erie. These blooms are caused by runoff pollution from agricultural lands. Unfortunately, not enough action has been taken to address the root of the problem.
It’s going to take swift action by government, accountability and changes to agricultural practices that can benefit both farmers and the lakes. Click here to sign a petition to Michigan Governor Whitmer, Ohio Governor DeWine and Ontario Premier Ford urging them to act now for a clean Lake Erie.