Pennsylvania Sea Grant to host Lake Erie workshop in Ohio

Pennsylvania Sea Grant will facilitate a two-day Best Management Practices workshop for landscapers, realtors, environmental engineers, surveyors, municipal officials and other professionals whose work touches the Lake Erie region's environmentally fragile shorelines.

The Best Management Practices for Professionals workshop will be held April 20-21, in Geneva on the Lake, Ohio. Monday, April 20, will be a full day of presentations at the Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva, located at 4888 North Broadway (State Route 534). Tuesday, April 21, will be used for site visits.

"Waterfront property is very valuable and people want to protect their investment by hiring professionals who understand its special concerns," Marti Martz, Sea Grant coastal outreach specialist, says of the workshop's purpose. "Anyone working beside Lake Erie or a tributary stream can have considerable impact on that area. Without knowledge of these Best Management Practices for controlling the natural processes of erosion, sedimentation and recession, the result can be increased bluff and stream bank soil erosion and sediment deposition. This not only compromises the integrity of the shoreline, but also adversely affects quality of the surrounding water."

Topics to be covered in the worship include coastal geology, hydrology and the ecological impact of shoreline erosion; public access issues; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permit process; similarities and differences between the permitting processes in Pennsylvania and Ohio; landscape solutions for erosion-prone areas; and a visualization tool for coastal engineers known as IMS.

The cost to attend the two-day workshop is $45. Continuing Education credit is available through Penn State for an additional fee of $35. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Martz at( 814) 217-9015 or via e-mail at

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) established Pennsylvania Sea Grant at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in 1998. Pennsylvania Sea Grant's mission is to promote the ecological and economic sustainability of Pennsylvania's coastal resources through science-based research, education and extension. It staffs three locations, a Lake Erie office in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle State Park, a Delaware Estuary office in the Delaware County city of Chester, and a Susquehanna office in Harrisburg. In 2008, NOAA promoted Pennsylvania Sea Grant to Institutional Sea Grant Program status, which gives it primary responsibility for statewide oversight of long-term investments consistent with NOAA's national Sea Grant goal of environmental stewardship and responsible resource use.

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Last Updated April 10, 2009