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Blue Fish Radio: Why Urgent Action Is Needed to Save Lake Erie—Again

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Freshwater Futures' Lake Erie Alive Program

The smallest Great Lake recovered from dire industrial pollution, but a new threat is oozing and blooming

Outdoor Canada is pleased to present Blue Fish Radio—podcasts about the future of fish and fishing in Canada. The program, produced and hosted by Lawrence Gunther, is dedicated to sharing first-hand angling knowledge, scientific discoveries and supporting local champions who protect and enhance their waters.

Via Tom Archer/Universtiy of Michigan
Via Tom Archer/Universtiy of Michigan

In his 1971 book The Lorax, Dr. Suess referenced the dismal state of  Lake Erie. But after strong, coordinated action was taken to reduce industrial pollution, the lake bounced back to become a world-class fishing destination. But now a new threat has emerged: choking blooms of toxic green algae starving the lake and its fish of oxygen. And if action isn’t taken, Erie may end up on life-support again.

In this episode of Blue Fish Radio, Lawrence Gunther talks to Freshwater Futures Canada about the organization’s Lake Erie Alive program. The U.S. and Canada have promised action to reduce the algal blooms, and money is coming, but this time solution is far more complicated than in the past. Nevertheless, the measures that are being adopted to save Erie offer hope that it’s not too late.

To hear the interview now, press PLAY. To download this podcast to your device, go to the Blue Fish Radio home page.

Lawrence Gunther

Lawrence Gunther

Blue Fish Radio is produced and hosted by Ottawa-based Lawrence Gunther, North America's only totally blind professional tournament angler, a popular motivational speaker and a celebrated conservationist. A lifelong outdoorsman, Lawrence has caught fish from coast to coast in Canada, and used his expertise in navigation technology to develop the world’s first Blind Fishing Boat. For more about Lawrence Gunther, visit his website.

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