PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Nov. 29, 2018

All Advisories Lifted for Chippewa Lake

Following two consecutive weeks of water test results showing algal toxins below the 6 parts per billion threshold, all public health advisories have been lifted for Chippewa Lake.

Test results from water samples taken on Nov. 26 show algal toxin levels of 2.67 ppb. This represents a decrease from 4.16 ppb on Nov. 19. Per Ohio’s Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy for Recreational Waters, a Recreational Public Health Advisory is issued when toxin levels reach 6 ppb. It warns vulnerable persons as well as pets to avoid contact with the water. When toxin levels reach 20 ppb, an Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory is issued, warning all persons and pets to avoid all contact with the water. Warnings remain in effect until two consecutive tests taken at least one week apart show levels have dropped below these thresholds.

Medina County Park District will continue to monitor Chippewa Lake water conditions as needed. For updates, please visit www.MedinaCountyParks.com.

Past test results:

Sample dates--Test results--Action

May 2018

May 3--4.06 ppb--No action taken

May 15--12.6 ppb--Public Health Advisory issued

May 29--21.2 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory issued                 

June 2018

June 5--11.7 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains                

June 12--18.1 ppb--Warning downgraded to Recreational Public Health Advisory

June 19--22.3 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory issued                 

June 26--2.02 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

July 2018

July 2--2.61 ppb--All advisories lifted

July 10--1.60 ppb--No advisories in place

July 17--7.40 ppb--Public Health Advisory issued

July 24--11 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

July 31--8.58 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

August 2018

August 7--12.9 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

August 14--19.4 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

August 21-- 22.4 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory issued   

August 27--38.36 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains   

September 2018

September 4--19 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains    

September 11-- 9.18 ppb-- Advisory downgraded to Recreational Public Health Advisory    

September 18--37 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory issued    

September 25--12.1 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains    

October 2018

October 2-- 28.6 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains    

October 9--19.2 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains    

October 16--25.6 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains    

October 23--35.3 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

October 30--22 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

November 2018

November 5--16.7 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory remains

November 13--10.5 ppb--Advisory downgraded to Recreational Public Health Advisory

November 19--4.16 ppb--Recreational Public Public Health Advisory remains

November 26--2.67 ppb--All advisories lifted

 

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Nov. 16, 2018

Free Public Reception for Eppink and James

Friends of Medina County Parks will host a free public reception for former park district Director Tom James and new Director Nathan Eppink on Dec. 6 at Buffalo Creek Retreat. Refreshments will be served.

Visitors are invited to stop by anytime between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to wish James a happy retirement and to meet Eppink, who assumed leadership of the park district on Oct.1. James will remain in an advisory role through Dec. 28.

Buffalo Creek Retreat is located at 8708 Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Nov. 2, 2018

ODNR Seeks Public Input on Proposed Watercraft Regulations

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with Medina County Park District, will host an informal public meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Buffalo Creek Retreat to provide information and gather community comments on the proposed adoption of watercraft operating regulations for water areas under management authority of the park district.

Administrative rule 1501:47-7-21 would establish horsepower limits; periods when no-wake operation is required; appropriate use of docks and boater-swim areas; as well as prohibit certain craft, public consumption of intoxicating beverages, and use of any device to become airborne over waters under management authority of the park district. Adoption of the proposed rule would bring Medina County Park District regulations into alignment with state regulations. The full text of the rule is available HERE from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.

The public meeting will not include a formal presentation; however, it will provide information about the regulatory process, as well as offer residents and lake users an opportunity to submit written comments, ask questions, and discuss watercraft issues with ODNR and park district representatives. All interested individuals are invited to attend. Buffalo Creek Retreat is located at 8708 Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township.

The public is also welcome to attend the official public hearing on the rule adoption, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 27 in the Poverty Room at ODNR Headquarters Building C-1, located at 2045 Morse Road in Columbus.

Anyone unable to attend the informational meeting on Nov. 14 or the public hearing on Nov. 27 may submit comments or recommendations by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to: Medina Parks Rule Proposal, ODNR, 2045 Morse Road, C-3, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Comments received by Nov. 30 will be included in the official public hearing record.

Public comments and recommendations, along with public safety, recreational opportunities, current and historic waterway use, and regional economic and environmental factors are key components considered during the development of a lake management plan.

For additional information, please contact ODNR at 614-265-6500.

 

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