Windsor, ON – As seasonal algal blooms are blanketing parts of Lake Erie, Environmental Defence and the Essex Region Conservation Authority will bring attention to the impacts these blooms have on the region and what can be done to solve the problem.
Algal blooms happen when algae—microscopic, plant-like organisms that naturally live in the water—grow out of control. The main culprit behind the blooms is phosphorus runoff, which is having a bigger impact these days because of climate change and invasive species that help to create a perfect environment for algal growth.  Algal blooms are forcing beach closures, increasing water treatment costs, and killing fish. They could also pose health threats and reduce property values.
To address this issue, Environmental Defence and Freshwater Future will be releasing a new report which outlines recommendations on how Canada can help tackle algal blooms in the Great Lakes.
WHO: Nancy Goucher, Water Program Manager with Environmental Defence and Richard Wyma, General Manager with Essex Region Conservation Authority
PHOTO/INTERVIEW OP: Examples of algae-infested water on-hand. Representatives for Environmental Defence and the Essex Region Conservation Authority by Lake Erie, speaking about the problem of algal blooms in the Great Lakes.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. 
WHERE: Lakeside Park, 315 Queen Street, Kingsville, ON (in case of rain, event will take place at indoor pavilion)
About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
About FRESHWATER FUTURE (freshwaterfuture.org): FRESHWATER FUTURE CANADA works to ensure the healthy future of our waters in the Great Lakes region. We provide grants, share information, offer training, as well as planning and strategy consulting assistance. We also encourage participation in protecting and restoring local rivers, lakes and wetlands.
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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jen Mayville, Environmental Defence jmayville@environmentaldefence.ca; 905-330-0172 (cell)