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Lake Erie: Solving complex environmental challenges through science and collaboration

From the 1960’s Cuyahoga River burning and Time Magazine calling Lake Erie “dead”- and becoming an anthem for the environmental movement - to today’s efforts to understand and combat to toxic algae, the question remains: How do we bring interests - with often conflicting views and motives and perspectives - together to protect Lake Erie as the Jewel of Ohio. This universally accepted goal faces many challenges, most of which can be solved with science, credible data, and interested parties committed to success.

The Executive Director/Secretary for the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Craig Butler, presents on how science and adaptive management have helped inform policy makers to develop strategies to restore Lake Erie’s water quality. Craig's presentations shares how scientists navigate the very different world of policy and approaches that have worked and what has not.