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E-M:/ Erie fish kill public meeting



Please attend the March 3rd Ohio EPA Public Meeting on the Great Lakes largest fish killing plant

Click OEPA Public Notice: http://westernlakeerie.org/bayshoire_fish_kill_public_notice0209.doc

Click here for the meeting flier: http://westernlakeerie.org/fish_kill_flier_10_0209.pdf

Click here to take action on Sierra web site: http://ohio.sierraclub.org/takeaction/index.html Select protect Lake Erie from Coal Fired Power Plant

Click here for the company summary fish kill information: http://westernlakeerie.org/bayshore_kinectrics_sum_info.pdf

For detailed reports and additional information go to westernlakeerie.org

 

It seems that if you fish in Ohio, you need a license and you have to abide by the rules…or get your license taken away, fines, or….jail  But if you are the Bayshore First Energy power plant, you can kill as many fish as you want, pay nothing and have no rules…  Consider the following from: Bayshore plant is the largest fish killing plant in Great Lakes.  2005/2006 company reports show 46 million fish/yr caught against the screens & 2 billion fish thru the screens; Bayshore uses 650 million gallons of water/ day and heats the water 3-14 degrees Fahrenheit; it is said that Bayshore kills more fish than all ODNR fish hatcheries produce at a cost of $2.5 miilion; Bayshore kills more fish than all the other power plants in Ohio combined; Bayshore kills walleye when the Army Corps is not allowed to dredge & anglers are limited during the spawning season in April/May; Bayshore’s intake and outfall are separated by the ½ mile by one mile Army Corps Dredge disposal facility which reduces the ability of the fish to escape from the intake; Bayshore plant studies show that 77,812 walleye are caught against the screens, 663,715 juvenile walleye go thru the screens, and 8.2 million larval walleye go thru the screens.  In addition 123,405 yellow perch are caught against the screens, 1.3 million juvenile yellow perch go through the screens a and 3.1 larval yellow perch go thru the screens

Bayshore needs to put money in a trust fund to bring fish back to Lucas County waters and put in a cooling tower.  Allowing ongoing fish kills at the Bayshore plant in the Western Lake Erie Watershed reduces walleye, yellow perch, bass and other fish.  Genetic studies show that walleye from Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron migrate to the Maumee River in the spring to spawn.  The Bayshore plant is located at the mouth of the Maumee River where the fish move in and out of. 

Please attend the March 3rd meeting – write a letter – make a phone call and ask that the fish kills be reduced – a cooling tower is needed.  Until the cooling tower is installed, Bayshore pays just like anyone else for the fish they wrongfully kill.

This is an important issue for all the Great Lakes.  Fish are an important economic resource and important for the ecosystem..  Please contact Governor Strickland at: sam.auld@governor.ohio.gov.or call 614-466-3555 and/or call OEPA Director Chris Korleski at chris.korleski@epa.state.oh.us or call 614-644-2782

 

Sandy Bihn

 

Western Lake Erie - Great Lakes Warmest, Shallowest, Fishiest Waters
Sandy Bihn
Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper
Western Lake Erie Association
6565 Bayshore
Oregon, Ohio 43618
419-691-3788
sandylakeerie@aol.com


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