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Author archive for James Proffitt

  • Advocacy
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    Farming and the Future

    - by James Proffitt

    While most farmers aren’t happy about the newly-minted ordinance, they’re not overly concerned about it, either. Many of them at the Oak Harbor event were confident in their efforts to keep their operations as environmentally-friendly as possible.

  • Authors
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    Anglers on Ice

    - by James Proffitt

    Call it hard water fishing or ice fishing. Either way it’s cold, although it could be warm. All depends on how you do it. But for certain, every year hundreds of thousands of Great Lakes residents and visitors spend time hanging out on top of the ice, working to finagle fish from beneath it.

  • Authors
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    Great Lake Gets Great Rights

    - by James Proffitt

    Voters approved the Lake Erie Bill of Rights in a landslide this week.
    Some 61 percent of voters favored the measure with 39 percent voting against it, according to Lucas County Board of Elections unofficial results.

  • Advocacy
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    Targeting the Farms

    - by James Proffitt

    If Toledo voters pass the Lake Erie Bill of Rights ballot measure this week, Ohio farmers are some of the most concerned constituents, says Joe Cornely, spokesman for the Ohio Farm Bureau.

  • Advocacy
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    Threat to Business

    - by James Proffitt

    The 8,000 member businesses of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s would be undermined by the Lake Erie Bill of Rights if it passes and is enacted, says a spokesman for the group.

  • Authors
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    (Almost) Everything You Want to Know about Lake Erie’s Walleye Population

    - by James Proffitt

    The walleye population in Lake Erie has exploded during the past few years — the fishing is considered to be great, and fisheries managers say it will likely get better in the near future as younger fish grow to keeping size.

  • Authors
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    Great Lakes artists work with water, weather, love

    - by James Proffitt

    The intersection of art and nature — especially now — is becoming more popular in the digital age where social media holds sway over the time and attentions of so many. And for artists working to gather audiences, and grasp the natural world through paints and lenses, the Internet can be a crucial link.

  • Authors
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    Lake Erie Bill of Rights finally on ballot, then challenged again

    - by James Proffitt

    Although the Lucas County Board of Elections in a 3-0 vote approved the ballot initiative last month, a second protest filed the day after Christmas on behalf of Josh Abernathy is before the Ohio Supreme Court and could, ultimately, prevent the grassroots initiative from appearing on the ballot.

  • Advocacy
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    “Rights of Nature” initiative for Lake Erie stalls in Toledo

    - by James Proffitt

    An effort by residents of a Midwest city to bestow Lake Erie, its tributaries and all its watersheds some of the same rights as American citizens has faltered for a third time. If approved, organizers say it would be the first use of Rights of Nature to protect a specific ecosystem…

  • Algae Blooms
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    Lingering live algae cells on Lake Erie floor jumpstart harmful algal blooms

    - by James Proffitt

    Legacy cyanobacteria cells (also called bluegreen algae), which can produce the strain of microcystis responsible for microcystin toxins during late-summer as well as harmful algal blooms (HABS) in autumn on Lake Erie, may be helping jump-start the blooms or otherwise contribute to rapid development of blooms, without respect to current rain events or nutrient run-off from agricultural fields, according to a recently released study.