“The Third Battle for Lake Erie” presented by Mike Ferner from Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie
On August 2, 2014 nearly 500,000 Toledo area residents woke up without drinking water.
The culprit? A large mass of phosphorus dependent cyanobacteria which produced toxic microcystins. A problem decades in the making could no longer be ignored.
Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie (ACLE) works as if the water emergency of August 2014 is ongoing, in order to vigorously safeguard the health of our lake.
We conduct public education and actions to expose the environmental threats caused by animal factories and other sources.
We pressure government officials to get an impaired watershed designation for Western Lake Erie, followed by a thorough cleanup, so Lake Erie will remain healthy for all the life that depends on it.
Mike Ferner is a long-time environmentalist, including his time on Toledo City Council when he sponsored the largest investment in energy efficiency for municipal buildings in Ohio. He served as a Navy Corpsman during the Viet Nam war and as national President of Veterans For Peace. Mike worked as a union organizer for the American Federation of State, Counties and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and as director of communications for several national non-profit organizations. He is a founding member of Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie and has lived on that lake’s shore in Toledo for 35 years.