For Immediate Release
February 22, 2021
Contact Marti Martz,

 MARCH 23, 2021 AT 1:00 PM EST

Pennsylvania Sea Grant and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) are excited to again invite participants to join-in on the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Environmental Forum (PA LEEF) – virtually!

In the past, the PA LEEF meetings have been held in person at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC). Organizers, Pennsylvania Sea Grant and PA DEP have pivoted to a virtual format for the first meeting of 2021, and hope to reach an even broader geographic audience.

Prior to COVID-19 pandemic, PA LEEF meetings were held twice a year to share environmental information with the public and likewise, to engage in conversation to inform and assist local and regional decision-makers.

The 2021 schedule of virtual meetings is being fleshed out, but four webinars will be held throughout the course of the year. The first will be held on March 23, 2021 from 1:00 PM EST to 4:00 PM EST. Register is required -


Great Lakes Updates Tim Bruno, PA Department of Environmental Protection
Introducing the Pennsylvania State Water Planning Process Mark Matlock and James Horton, PA Department of Environmental Protection
Special Focus: Public Drinking Water - the State of the System & Contemporary Challenges in Public Drinking Water Craig Palmer, Erie Water Works
Special Focus: Rising to the Public Health Challenge by Using Wastewater to Aid in COVID-19 Detection Dr. Howard Nadworny, Infectious Diseases specialist at Saint Vincent Hospital and COVID medical advisor to the Erie County Department of Health
"Our Water, Our Future" - a PennFuture campaign Sarah Bennett, PennFuture
Community Resilience Action Network of Erie - Updates Sara Stahlman, Pennsylvania Sea Grant
Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring - Updates Amber Stillwell, Regional Science Consortium at Presque Isle

To access previous forum details including presentations and reports visit the Pennsylvania Sea Grant “PA LEEF” web page at –

For more information, contact Marti Martz, ( PA Sea Grant's Senior Coastal Outreach Specialist.

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