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December 15, 2020 51 min


This presentation will briefly describe how and why Lake Erie is different from the other Great Lakes and why it may be the most important lake in the world. Dr. Reutter will discuss where Lake Erie’s water comes from, how and why water levels vary from year to year, why it has often produced more fish than the other lakes combined, why it became the poster child for pollution problems in the world, how we turned it into the walleye capitol of the world and made it the best example of ecosystem recovery in the world, why it supports more invasive species than any of the other Great Lakes, why harmful algal blooms have returned, and what the future will look like if we don’t address the current problems very soon.




Jeffrey M. Reutter began working on Lake Erie at Stone Laboratory in 1971 and directed 4 programs at The Ohio State University from 1 November 1987 to 31 March 2015: F.T. Stone Laboratory, the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, the Center for Lake Erie Area Research, and the Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium, a consortium of top scientists at 12 Ohio colleges. He also served as acting director for all or parts of 1984, 85, and 86. When he retired as Director he accepted a part-time appointment as a Special Advisor for the programs.


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