For Immediate Release
January 7, 2022
Contact Amber Stilwell, Pennsylvania Sea Grant
PUBLIC INVITED TO VIRTUAL PENNSYLVANIA LAKE ERIE ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM
Special Focus on Invasive Species
January 25, 2022
1:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern
(ERIE, PA) – Register today for the first Pennsylvania Lake Erie Environmental Forum (PALEEF) of 2022 – January 25 at 1:00 Eastern. The forums are free, open to the public, and offered virtually through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and Pennsylvania Sea Grant.
Each forum focuses on an environmental issue impacting the Lake Erie watershed, with presentations and discussions from experts from around the region. The January 25 forum will focus on the impacts of invasive species in the watershed, with a special emphasis on the threat of the invasive carp. Invited speakers from the USGS, the State of Illinois Office of Water Resources, and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Invasive Species Council will come together to talk about invasive carp biology, the $858 million Brandon Road Interbasin Project, and how PA responds to the threat of invasive species. Also, the Great Lakes Commission will provide insight on water use statistics from PA and around the Great Lakes.
Invasive species, such as Bighead, Silver, Black, and Grass carp, are non-native species that have detrimental impact on ecosystems and native species. They vigorously compete for food and shelter resources and prey on native species. Ill-equipped to defend against the invasive predators, native species are at risk. They can also spread quickly and be very expensive to control.
Anyone interested in participating in future forums, suggesting science-based topics for consideration, or learning more about issues related to the Great Lakes can contact Amber Stilwell, Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s Lake Erie Coastal Outreach Specialist. For past forum agendas and links to recorded sessions, visit Pennsylvania Sea Grant online. Pennsylvania Sea Grant is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Penn State University, and through federal, state, and local funding.