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06/30/2016
Listen to LRC manager Milt Miller offer an update on the treatment trains at Grand Lake St. Marys via an audio clip on WCSM Radio.  LISTEN HERE
05/25/2016
The Lake Improvement Association recently completed the Windy Point Beach revitalization project with the installation of a new picnic table and bench that allows visitors to enjoy a view of Grand...
05/13/2016
ODNR offered a presentation on the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative at the May 2016 LIA Member Meeting. Wetlands supported by the LIA serve as habitats for Ohio pollinators.  Ohio...
05/11/2016
By Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. West Bank Road must have been an exciting summer place 40 some years ago.  I receive so many requests about the...
04/23/2016
The Lake Improvement Association thanks WDC for its decision to relocate its planned hen layer farm facility outside the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.  Here is the press release issued by WDC...
04/22/2016
Tourism on Grand Lake St. Marys increased by seven percent in 2015 over the previous year's figures, Auglaize-Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Donna Grube...
04/22/2016
Carp eradition efforts have hit a temporary snag on Grand Lake St. Marys. According to Lake Restoration Commission manager Milt Miller, the company hired to track and harvest carp from the lake...
04/15/2016
Please help us oppose the proposed 1.69-million layer-hen facility in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed by joining the Lake Restoration Commission (LRC) and the Lake Improvement Association (LIA) at...
04/06/2016
The On-Field Ohio Project has collected data from the Grand Lake St. Marys and other watersheds and will begin work on data analysis to update its Phosphorus Index, according to an article published...
04/06/2016
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park is gearing up for the tourism season, covered in a video by Sam Shriver for Hometown Stations. In the video, Shriver interviews Lake Improvement Association president...
04/06/2016
Registration is open for the Crappie USA tournament to be held on Grand Lake St. Marys. Watch this video by Hometown Stations' Jenifer Abreu for more details, and visit the Crappie USA event page...
03/24/2016
From Hometown Stations: Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports
03/23/2016
From Hometown Stations:  Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports
03/10/2016
Crappie USA, the nation’s largest crappie fishing tournament series, will make its return to Grand Lake St. Marys on April 15 and 16, 2016, with a two-day Super Event that promises fun for...
03/02/2016
Motown on the Lake was a success as more than 400 people came out to groove to Motown tunes and support the efforts of the Lake Improvement Association, as reported by Hometown Stations. ...
03/02/2016
Read the story on The Daily Standard.      
02/19/2016
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has removed hazardous trees from Grand Lake St. Marys State Park that are now available for collection from now until Sunday, May 1. Free firewood...
02/18/2016
WCSM Spectrum's Kevin Sandler recently interviewed LIA vice president Mark Piening and LIA trustee Stan Wilker regarding upcoming fundraisers, featuring February's Motown on the Lake. ...
02/18/2016
Need some ideas for what to wear to Motown on the Lake? Run a Google Images search for "Motown fashion" and check out this eHow article!        
02/10/2016
LRC manager Milt Miller offers an update on the restoration of Grand Lake St. Marys at the February 2016 Lake Improvement Association member meeting.
02/10/2016
ODNR dredge program administrator Tom Grabow discusses new technology at the February 2016 Lake Improvement Association member meeting.
01/22/2016
Planning on going to Motown on the Lake? Get your tickets by Feb. 7, 2016, and you'll not only get special Early Bird pricing, you'll also be entered into a drawing for a free DANCE &...
01/15/2016
Just a little preview of KGB, the outstanding Motown band that will be performing for the second straight year at Motown on the Lake in February! Get your tickets now and save! Plus, don't forget...
01/15/2016
The Governor's Cup Regatta will not be held in 2016 as the committee works on a plan for potentially bringing the event back in 2017. The cancellation is due to low boater count during the 2015...
01/08/2016
Brian Miller, Ohio State Parks Southwest District Manager, discusses the spillway at Grand Lake St. Marys on WCSM Radio.  LISTEN NOW
12/20/2015
The Lawn and Garden Soil Sample program wrapped up for 2015 on November 20.  There were 133 soil samples sold through Helena Agronomic Center and the Mercer Soil and Water Conservation...
12/10/2015
Hometown Stations recently ran a story covering the treatment trains at Grand Lake St. Marys. The treatment train project at Coldwater Creek is ahead of schedule, and when completed will help reduce...
12/09/2015
WCSM Radio's Kevin Sandler recently interview Milt Miller, manager of the Lake Restoration Commission.  LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE      
12/09/2015
Listen to the audio recording of the 2015 LIA member meeting on WCSM Radio.  LISTEN HERE        
12/09/2015
Here's an overview of the fertilizer and manure application rules for the watersheds surrounding Grand Lake St. Marys: GRAND LAKE ST. MARYS WATERSHED WABASH & LORAMIE CREEK WATERSHED WESTERN...
11/26/2015
Construction of the Coldwater Creek Treatment Train is making headway, according to an article by Jesse Pollack published in the Daily Standard.  Key points from the article:  The rock...
11/13/2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pork and dairy producers, and environmental and scientific experts to launch the Nutrient Recycling...
11/12/2015
The Lake Improvement Association executive board named Mark Piening Guardian of the Lake at its November 2015 member meeting. The Guardian of the Lake Award is annually presented to an individual...
11/12/2015
Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources Waterway/Construction Operations Manager Tom Grabow offered an overview of dredging operations on Grand Lake St. Marys in 2015 at November's Lake Improvement...
11/12/2015
Scott Hale, Inland Fisheries Program Administrator at Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, Div. of Wildlife, gives the Lake Improvement Association an overview of the Grand Lake St. Marys fishery.
11/02/2015
The US Freshwater Boaters Alliance or USFBA has just completed its second boating season and would like your input to help improve their efforts to promote boating safety and look out for our...
10/30/2015
Scott Hale, Inland Fisheries Program Administrator at Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, Div. of Wildlife, will provide a presentation on the Grand Lake St. Marys Fish Hatchery at the November 7,...
10/21/2015
Even as cooler nights lead to falling water temperatures across the state, the days can still be perfect for paddling and boating on Ohio’s lakes, rivers and streams. In an effort to reduce...
10/09/2015
Wright State Univeristy-Lake Campus is planning to build a new agriculture education and water quality center dedicated to sustaining farming in West Central Ohio while fostering innovation for water...
10/08/2015
Children who participated in the 2015 LIA Kids Fishing Derby sent us this picture to thank the LIA and the volunteers who helped make this year's event another success.  Volunteers say the...
09/30/2015
A pancake breakfast fundraiser for Tyler Applegate's Eagle Scout project wil be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in the basement of St. Paul's United Methodist Church,...
09/30/2015
Submit your 2015 LIA Guardian of the Lake nominees this Saturday at the Oct. 3 LIA Member Meeting, to be held at 10 a.m. at the Celina Moose. You can also submit your nominees to any LIA executive...
09/04/2015
Calling all area artists! The Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance is partnering with the City of Celina Public Works to bring some attention to the storm drains along Main Street in Celina....
08/29/2015
Don't miss the Sept. 5, 2015 Lake Improvement Association Member Meeting, where Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig will present the history of oil on Grand Lake St. Marys. The...
08/28/2015
Quasar Energy recently demonstrated its Phosphorus Recovery System (PRS) at the Lou Brown farm near New Bremen. The system is capable of reducing phosphorus from manure and other wastes - from 204...
08/28/2015
The Daily Standard's Nancy Allen recently published an article covering the introduction of on-farm wetlands in the watershed.  READ THE ARTICLE        
08/20/2015
Efforts to restore Grand Lake St. Marys featuring interviews with LIA President Tim Lovett, LRC Manager Milt Miller, LIA Sgt. at Arms Dave Eyink and others were recently featured on The City Show....
08/20/2015
Jim Morris, contributor to the Dayton Daily News, recently penned an article titled "Politicians should stop dancing, start solving algae blooms."  READ THE ARTICLE    ...
08/20/2015
Listen on WCSM Radio                  
08/19/2015
Ohio State University President Michael Drake recently visited Grand Lake St. Marys and explained the role OSU is playing in water quality restoration. The video is on Hometown Stations. ...
08/18/2015
A recent article published in The Herald Bulletin emphasizes the positive aspects of Grand Lake St. Marys.  READ THE ARTICLE      
08/17/2015
A recent article published by the Dayton Daily News offers a good overview of the water quality issues at Grand Lake St. Marys as well as what is being done to restore the lake.  READ THE...
08/17/2015
How Does Your Garden Grow?   If you were lucky, your garden had moderate success this year. Mine, however, produced wonderfully in the spring and early summer with a bumper crop of berries...
08/10/2015
Thank you to everyone for participating in the Bar Stool Open 2015! Here are the results: Bar Stool Open 1st place.... Tee'd Off score 105 2nd place tie.... Grip It & Sip It score 108...
08/05/2015
Eugene Braig, Program Director, Aquatic Ecosystems at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences shares in-depth information regarding the harmful algal...
08/03/2015
Video and audio from the LIA August 2015 Member Meeting: HOMETOWN STATIONS VIDEO   WCSM AUDIO
08/03/2015
ODNR Waterway/Construction Operations Manager Tom Grabow says dredging on Grand Lake St. Marys has gone well in 2015, crews are on pace to remove more silt than they did in 2014.  READ THE DAILY...
07/31/2015
The Lake Facilities Authority Board of Directors has approved a bid to begin excavation on the Coldwater Creek Treatment Train.  The treatment train will be the second on Grand Lake St. Marys,...
07/31/2015
Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports   Ohio public health officials have elevated the public health advisory for Grand Lake St. Marys as a result of increased levels of...
07/31/2015
OUR OLD BOOK CASE By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society John M. Adams, Middletown, Ohio wrote me about old photographs of West Bank Road, not only about the fishing...
07/22/2015
The Ohio State University's Tracy Turner recently published an article in Ag Professional detailing recent measures taken by the state to improve water quality.  Part of the article focuses...
06/26/2015
Due to the rain the LIA Golf Outing has been CANCELLED TOMORROW and RESCHEDULED for July 11. In addition, the July 11 member meeting has been cancelled. 
06/25/2015
Hometown Stations covered LIA Summer Kickoff 2015 at Grand Lake St. Marys.  Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports
06/24/2015
Conservation Camp was held on Friday, June 19th at the Harbor Point 4H Camp.  The rain was a light sprinkle most of the day, but that didn’t stop kids from having fun and learning....
06/18/2015
Heavy rains have created potential dangers on Grand Lake St. Marys for those on and around the lake this week. The Lake Improvement Association advises caution for boaters and those who live and...
06/12/2015
The Lake Improvement Association recently donated a new playground to Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. The playground adds free family fun to the Villa Nova shelter house area on the banks of Grand...
06/08/2015
Hometown Stations recently interviewed LIA Vice President Mark Piening at the location of Summer Kickoff.  Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports
06/04/2015
Hometown Stations' Sam Shriver recently interviewed Mercer County farmer Jeff Rasawher regarding biological solutions to clean water and greater farming profits.  Hometownstations.com-WLIO-...
06/04/2015
The Columbus Dispatch recently published an article regarding the safety of Ohio dams, including the dam on Grand Lake St. Marys. From the article:  Right now, a resort community is being...
05/29/2015
In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and...
05/22/2015
From WCSM Radio:  Mercer County is set to purchase of about 47 acres of land for the Coldwater Creek Wetland Restoration Project.  The Mercer County Commissioners approved the $538,000...
05/15/2015
The Lake Improvement Association recently donated $250 to the U.S. Freshwater Boater's Alliance to help fund the work USFBA does in promoting safe boating on Grand Lake St. Marys....
04/29/2015
LRC Manager Milt Miller offers an update on the Prairie Creek Treatment Train in this video from Hometown Stations.  Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports
04/16/2015
Recent Grand Lake St. Marys-related news stories published in the Celina Daily Standard: Grand Lake picks up tournament from beleaguered Buckeye Lake Organization gains award for event promotion...
04/10/2015
Tourism in the Grand Lake St. Marys region continued to grow in 2014, according to figures provided by Auglaize-Mercer Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Donna Grube.  The total...
04/09/2015
Lake Restoration Commission Manager Milt Miller gave an update on the treatment trains at Grand Lake St. Marys at the April 2015 LIA member meeting. Watch on YouTube
04/08/2015
Video from Hometown Stations: Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports
04/02/2015
The 2015 Lawn and Garden Soil Test program began March 16, assuming the ground eventually thaws.  Let’s take some time to remember why we promote this program: to keep track of and lower...
04/02/2015
Wright State University-Lake Campus envisions the addition of water quality institute by Grand Lake St. Marys as part of its recently-announced expansion. No timeline is yet set for the institute;...
03/09/2015
Highlights from the LIA's Motown on the Lake! We apologize for the grainy photos... see if you made our highlight reel! WATCH ON YOUTUBE
03/09/2015
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller offered the LIA an update on the lake and state park at the March 2015 LIA Member Meeting.  WATCH ON YOUTUBE
03/06/2015
Many Ohio State Parks cabins and campsites offer special winter rates, including up to $20 off per night for family cabins. Discounted rates are available at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. Take...
02/26/2015
ODNR Div. of Soil and Water Resources Natural Resources Administrator Frances Springer offered an update on the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed at the Feb. 2015 Lake Improvement Association member...
02/26/2015
Submitted by GLWWA Watershed Coordinator Abbey Tobe:   Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance is partnering with the Mercer County Health Department to educate people on septic systems, old...
02/21/2015
Enter to win 2 tickets to Motown on the Lake! Five lucky winners will receive 2 tickets to next Saturday's event... share to receive additional entries. The winners will be randomly chosen on...
02/20/2015
The 2015 Ohio Governor’s Cup Regatta has partnered with the Lake Improvement Association to bring new thrills to the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys. To be held Aug. 22 and 23, 2015, this year...
02/19/2015
Shingle Shack, owned by Kim Sutter, Chuck Huber, and Sherri Ranly, recently donated the proceeds from its annual bowling tournament to the Lake Improvement Association. The $500 donation will be used...
02/13/2015
WCSM Radio recently covered the February 2015 LIA meeting and has posted audio on its website here.  The station also interviewed LRC Manager Milt Miller and LIA President Tim Lovett - LISTEN...
02/13/2015
The Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District has begun accepting orders for the annual tree sale.  A variety of hardwood and pine tree seedlings are available for purchase, as well as...
02/06/2015
Mercer County Commissioners recently accepted a grant worth more than $415,000 in state funds to purchase land for the Coldwater Creek Treatment Train Project. The grant brings the $2.5 million...
02/06/2015
Don't miss tomorrow's Lake Improvement Association member meeting, to be held at 10am at the Celina Moose.  Motown on the Lake tickets will be available to purchase at the meeting! ODNR...
01/30/2015
Recent news related to Grand Lake St. Marys: ODNR chief: lifting distressed designation possible (The Daily Standard) Excerpt: The head of the state agency responsible for Grand Lake said he believes...
01/23/2015
Ohio Senator Randy Gardner recently labled toxic algae as a "no-excuse" issue, according to an article by Jim Siegel published in The Columbus Dispatch.  The article, titled "...
01/14/2015
An editorial published in The Lima News states the opinion that the U.S. EPA should solve algae issues in the state of Ohio, per the water protection bill recently introduced by Reb. Bob Latta. One...
01/09/2015
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today reintroduced the Drinking Water Protection Act, legislation to help protect drinking water from cyanotoxins caused by harmful algal blooms. This legislation, which...
01/06/2015
This newscast posted on Hometown Stations features Grand Lake St. Marys improvements from 2014, including the success of the Prairie Creek Treatment Train and increased visitors, and highlights...
01/06/2015
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller appeared on WCSM's Spectrum program recently. Miller looked back at 2014. Miller mentioned the 88 and a half million dollars in capital...
01/06/2015
An article by Laura Arenschield published on The Columbus Dispatch website details how the city of Celina, along with Toledo, continue to test local water sources such as Grand Lake St. Marys for...
01/06/2015
By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society When I read the note on the back of this post card, I really doubted that they used “about 100 quarts of nitroglycerin,...
12/16/2014
The U.S. Freshwater Boater's Alliance recently publish its USFBA 2014 Year in Review video. Watch it below!
12/16/2014
The Dept. of Soil and Water will be sending delegates to a national meeting in the interest of changing a filter strip rule to allow farmers to mow or harvest part of their filter strips. The rule...
12/16/2014
From WCSM Radio: Funding is coming to local OSU extension offices to address how farmers can cut down run off from their fields into bodies of water. Mike Hawkins from the ohio Ohio News Network has...
12/10/2014
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller addressed LIA members with lake updates and a list of 2014 highlights at the December 2014 member meeting. See the list below the video. ...
12/09/2014
From Hoosier Ag Today: Farmers who add cover crops to their fields not only can help improve Ohio’s water quality, they can also cut input costs and improve their soil’s health. Growers...
12/05/2014
This report is provided by Watersheed Coordinator Abbey Tobe: The Lawn and Garden Soil Sample program ended on November 21, 2014.  124 samples were sold this year.  Soil test information...
12/05/2014
Ash tree removal has started at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, and park manager Brian Miller recently told WCSM radio that free firewood is available to the public.  LEARN MORE    
12/03/2014
What role does acid rain - or lack of acid rain - play in phosophorus runoff? One theory is under consideration, according to materials provided by Ag Solutions representative Jim Keller.  Farm...
11/21/2014
From Glen Arnold (OSU): Livestock Mortality Composting Certification Workshop, January 8, 2015, Celina, Ohio. Composting dead animals is an economically and environmentally beneficial method of...
11/14/2014
The Special Olympics Ohio Polar Plunge has opened registration for its 2015 events, with the Polar Plunge to be held at Grand Lake St. Marys on March 7, 2015.  If you don't want to take the...
11/11/2014
The Lake Improvement Association has announced the purchase of a new playground set to be installed on the banks of Grand Lake St. Marys in Spring 2015. The new playground set will be located on the...
11/10/2014
The Lake Improvement Association has named Brad Fisher the 2014 Guardian of the Lake for Grand Lake St. Marys. The annual award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a passion,...
10/31/2014
Mercer County will be reapplying for a grant on behalf of the Lake Facilities Authority that would provide funds for the construction of the Coldwater Creek Treatment Train project, according to an...
10/28/2014
Greg McGlinch, Agriculture Program Coordinator at the Wright State University-Lake Campus, will be giving a presentation at this Saturday's LIA member meeting, to be held at 10am Nov. 1 at the...
10/28/2014
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller recently discussed the lake drawdown on WCSM Radio. LISTEN HERE  
10/28/2014
After the garden has been harvested is the perfect time to pull a soil sample.  The Lawn and Garden Soil Test Program is still underway.  Soil test coupons can be purchased at the Mercer...
10/17/2014
A researcher believes taxing phosphorus could have an impact on water quality in Lake Erie and other troubled waterways such as Grand Lake St. Marys. READ THE ARTICLE    
10/17/2014
Rep. Jim Buchy recently wrote about continued interest in Ohio's waterways, including Grand Lake St. Marys. In the piece published on The Daily Advocate, Buchy writes: "In west central Ohio...
10/17/2014
Two years into a three-year Ohio State University study, researchers are finding that gypsum might reduce phosphorus runoff by as much as 55 percent.  READ THE ARTICLE    
10/13/2014
The Lake Improvement Association held the first “Battle for Grand Lake” flag football tournament at K.C. Geiger Park on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Tournament champions were the Warriors,...
10/08/2014
Watch highlights from the October 2014 LIA Member Meeting, or watch on YouTube. Read the meeting minutes here.     
10/03/2014
Come out to Buffalo Wild Wings in St. Marys to enjoy wings, boneless wings, burgers, salads, and more during the flag football tournament after-party to be held at 7pm Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. ...
10/02/2014
From OSU CFAES News: Ag attorney sheds light on manure handling application regulations.  Peggy Kirk-Hall has released a summary of Ohio’s laws relating to livestock manure management,...
09/24/2014
The Lake Improvement Association is seeking nominations for the 2014 Guardian Of The Lake Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has taken extraordinary action to improve Grand...
09/24/2014
The Lake Improvement Association and the Grand Lake Recreation Club recently donated $3,000 each, for a total of $6,000, to the Celina Fire Dept. and the Montezuma Fire Dept. for the purchase of ice...
09/23/2014
More than 1,600 runners are expected to hit the pavement for the first-ever Grand Lake Marathon, writes Kathy Thompson for The Daily Standard. Local motorists can expect some inconvenience, but...
09/23/2014
Virtually all of the state’s lawmakers have signed onto a letter urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct a study on best to reduce the harmful algal blooms in the...
09/17/2014
Auglaize-Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Donna Grube reported that tourism in the Grand Lake St. Marys area has increased by 10 to 12 percent in 2014 in an interview...
09/17/2014
In the wake of last month’s toxic algal blooms that threatened Toledo’s drinking water supply, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has announced new legislation that could help improve water...
09/17/2014
Letter: Water quality problems ignored by GOP (The Lima News) Excerpt: It was interesting to read Jim Jordan talk about issues, including the recent outbreak of algae on the western basin of...
09/17/2014
Hundreds descended on Grand Lake St. Marys Saturday to participate in ZombieFest '14, including a Zombie Walk on the East Bank, cornhole tournament, live music, costume contests, live music, more...
09/10/2014
An article by Lauren Arenschield published in The Columbus Dispatch (read full article) reveals the findings of a US EPA report that concludes state and federal governments aren't doing enough to...
09/10/2014
A recent article by Nancy Allen published in The Daily Standard states that the source of pollution found near Prairie Creek is sewer water from a campground, not manure.  Allen writes: "...
09/10/2014
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller offers an update on the lake at the September 2014 LIA member meeting.  Watch on YouTube
08/28/2014
Roundup of recent Grand Lake St. Marys-related news: Grand Lake Sounded First Algae Alarm (Plain Dealer) Grand Lake Marathon Will Provide Scenic Twist (Lima News) Recent events in Western Ohio...
08/27/2014
News, photos, and videos from the 2014 Governor's Cup Regatta. Kennedy Claims Cup (Daily Standard) Interview with Kennedy (WCSM Radio) Regatta Facebook Page (with photos) U.S. Freshwater Boater...
08/20/2014
The 2014 Bar Stool Open was another outstanding success, thanks to the many volunteers, bar owners and staff, and more than 140 teams who came out to enjoy a round of mini-golf at the bars on Grand...
08/19/2014
The Prairie Creek Treatment Train has proven to be effective in reducing phosphorus to safe levels in water entering Grand Lake St. Marys; LRC Manager Milt Miller explained the impact of the project...
08/18/2014
The 2nd Western Ohio Manure Application Technology (WOMAT) Field Day was held on July 31st at the Homan Barn and surrounding fields. Big thanks to the Homan Equipment staff, Kevin Homan, and Dale...
08/07/2014
If your'e a Bar Stool Open judge, you get to start the party early! Be at the first East Bank shelter house at 6 p.m. Friday for orientation - the LIA will supply the Villa Nova...
08/01/2014
Meeting tomorrow - learn about the next phase in GLSM restoration Don't miss tomorrow's Lake Improvement Association meeting - 10 a.m. Saturday, August 2,...
07/08/2014
Conservation Camp was held on June 20th at the Progressive Sportsman’s Club in Ft. Recovery. 49 kids between the ages of 7 and 12 came from all over the county. The weather held off to allow...
07/08/2014
The Dayton Standard's Shelley Grieshop recently covered the history of Dayton Island, the only privately-owned island on Grand Lake St. Marys, in her article titled "New chatper unfolds in...
07/08/2014
Local farmer Jeff Rasawehr explains how no-till, ecological farming is sustainable, more profitable, and leads to clean runoff in a recent Lima News article by Lance Mihm.  READ THE ARTICLE...
07/03/2014
An overview of the Praire Creek Treatment Train: (see larger image)
07/02/2014
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer recently announced that Gary Obermiller, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft, will become deputy director over Ohio State...
07/02/2014
President Obama recently signed a bill sponsored by Senator Rob Portman to help fight toxic algae.  From the Columbus Dispatch: "The bill signed by Obama would prioritize freshwater bodies...
06/27/2014
One of the greatest points of pride for Grand Lake St. Marys residents is the dedication of our people to the lake and community. This dedication is emphasized in a recent article by Kathy Thompson...
06/27/2014
Update on S.1254: The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2013 The bill introduced by Sen. Rob Portman was approved by Congress on June 17, 2014, and now moves on...
06/20/2014
Due to the July 4th holiday weekend, there will be no July 2014 LIA Member Meeting.  The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Celina Moose. 
06/19/2014
Watch this video from the 2014 LIA Golf Outing, then scroll down for the tournament's results! CORRECTION: We inadvertently omitted Mickey and Andrea Van Horn from the LIA Golf Outing sponsors...
06/17/2014
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) continues its efforts to provide anglers across the state with new and better opportunities by recently stocking Grand Lake St. Marys with...
06/12/2014
Heidelberg University National Center for Water Quality Research offers a presentation about Grand Lake St. Marys water quality at the June 2014 Lake Improvement Association member meeting.
06/12/2014
Milt Miller offers an LRC update at the June 2014 Lake Improvement Association member meeting.
06/12/2014
Tom Grabow offers a dredging update for Grand Lake St. Marys at the June 2014 Lake Improvement Association member meeting.
06/12/2014
The Lake Improvement Association wholeheartedly thanks Jill Klopfenstein for designing the 2014 Bar Stool Open logo. Jill is a student at Wright State University-Lake Campus. Her logo will be seen on...
06/12/2014
SWCD update submitted by GLWWA Watershed Coordinator  Abbey Tobe:   We are well on our way to summer and the weather has spent no time gradually warming up.  It’s not too...
06/06/2014
Don't miss tomorrow's LIA Member Meeting, to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2014 at the Celina Moose. It will be an information-packed meeting with lake updates plus: Heidelburg...
05/29/2014
Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager Milt Miller recently discussed the busy Memorial Day weekend on Grand Lake St. Marys on WCSM Radio.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN In addition, Wright...
05/23/2014
ABC Channel 6 out of Columbus recently covered the water quality situation at Grand Lake St. Marys, and also highlighted some of the efforts underway to help improve water quality, including the...
05/21/2014
From WCSM Radio: A large number of participants turned out for the 2014 "Get the Carp Outta Here" Bait & Bow Tournament but cold weather and cold water took a toll on the number of...
05/14/2014
Boat safety inspections will be available at the following dates, times, and locations:
05/14/2014
Joe Lochtefeld from Diversified Pond Supplies gave the following presentation at the May 2014 LIA Member Meeting.
05/14/2014
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller offered the following lake update at the May 2014 LIA Member Meeting.
05/14/2014
SWCD's Terry Mescher gives Lake Improvement Association members an update on the soil and water conservation district for Grand Lake St. Marys at the May 2014 LIA Member Meeting. 
05/08/2014
Paul Joseph, commodore of the USFBA presents the organization to the May 2014 membership meeting of the GLSM Lake Improvement Association.
05/02/2014
Anyone who joins the LIA or renews their LIA membership by May 15, 2014, will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD!  If you've already joined or renewed, you already have an entry...
05/01/2014
Lake Improvement Association President Tim Lovett and Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager Milt Miller, along with ODNR's Mike Bailey, were recently featured on WHIO Reports with...
05/01/2014
From WCSM Radio: Auglaize & Mercer Counties CVB Director Donna Grube was elected president of Ohio Byway Links (OBL) organization at the group's annual meeting last week in Cambridge, Ohio...
04/29/2014
Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of "Free Fishing Days" on May 3-4 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer. For these two days only, Ohioans may fish in any of the...
04/29/2014
Beach Point owners Greg Toler and Dean Crumpler have the best Cold Water Challenge video on Facebook yet! Instead of jumping into chilly Grand Lake St. Marys, Greg and Dean donated $100 each to the...
04/28/2014
The State Park would like to remind lake residents that dock fees are due now. A $10 late fee will be assessed to fees paid after May 1st. Dock fees are discounted by 25% for the season. Dock fees...
04/25/2014
Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber today announced in western Ohio...
04/24/2014
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park's four shelter houses are beautiful locations for hosting family reunions and other social events; they feature picnic tables, fireplaces, and restroom access,...
04/24/2014
The state capital budget includes $88.5 million to modernize Ohio's State Parks via the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, ODNR Director Jim Zehringer and Senator Keith Fabor announced today at...
04/22/2014
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04/22/2014
Cormorants, an invasive bird species, are increasing their numbers on Grand Lake St. Marys, according to an article by Shelley Grieshop published in The Daily Standard. The birds' droppings can...
04/16/2014
Will the fertilizer certification program cut algal blooms? The question was posed by Columbus Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel in a recent article published here.  The article discusses whether...
04/11/2014
The Auglaize-Mercer Convention and Visitor's Bureau honored Lake Improvement Association President Tim Lovett with its annual Ambassador Award at the CVB's Annual Awards Banquet, held...
04/11/2014
The Grand Lake St. Marys-area tourism and releated economy continues to grow, as evidenced by figures reported by the Auglaize-Mercer Convention and Visitor's Bureau.  The total economic...
04/09/2014
The Lake Improvement Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of Grand Lake St. Marys, today announced the result of its “Name That Dredge” contest. The new...
04/07/2014
Lake Improvement Association members and the public at-large might be interested in reviewing proposed rule changes for Ohio State Parks. From the ODNR website: The Ohio Division of Parks and...
04/07/2014
AMAZING VIDEO! Celina Lake Festival, July 4, 1940. A big thank-you to Ron Frey for sharing this video, which he created from originals shot by Rue P. Melching (1893-1950), then-editor of the...
04/04/2014
Start your engines... the 2014 Governor's Cup Regatta is on! The Governor's Cup committee officially announced the event at a sponsor appreciation party held Monday at the Celina Moose Lodge...
04/01/2014
A new state proposal seeks to place oversight of manure and fertilizer runoff in the hands of the Dept. of Agriculture rather than the Dept. of Natural Resources, where it currently resides, writes...
03/28/2014
The Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District recently received the President's Award for their work in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE
03/28/2014
ODNR Director Jim Zehringer recently visited the GLSM watershed to thank farmers for their role in reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful algal blooms.  READ THE ARTICLE LISTEN TO...
03/25/2014
Though SB150 tackles the issue of overfertilization, some organizations say it doesn't do enough to limit nutrient-rich runoff that contributes to algal blooms, according to an article by Nancy...
03/25/2014
Lake Erie is engaged in a fight against toxic algae not at all dissimilar to the plight of those who live, work, and play around Grand Lake St. Marys. The Toledo Blade's Tom Henry covers Lake...
03/22/2014
U.S. Senator Rob Portman and State Senator Keith Faber joined local leaders at Wright State University-Lake Campus to discuss Grand Lake St. Marys as well as a state budget that could potentially...
03/21/2014
They say spring is coming.  The idea of warmer weather gets us excited to get the garden ready and be on the lookout for green to replace the brown of our lawns.  One simple test now can...
03/14/2014
Legislation takes critical steps toward protecting Ohio's Great Lakes and Grand Lake St. Marys from harmful algal blooms   Last evening, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S....
03/12/2014
Two recent stories highlight the negative impact both Asian and grass carp have had in Ohio, and one points out that Grand Lake St. Marys could be a possible - though unlikely - pathway for carp to...
03/10/2014
The Columbus Dispatch published the following editorial on March 5, 2014, regarding smart farming practices and how they can yield cleaner water for Grand Lake St. Marys and other natural resources...
03/05/2014
The Lake Improvement Association today announced it is seeking nominations from its members and the public to name the new dredge currently being built for Grand Lake St. Marys. Grand Lake St....
03/04/2014
Research into effective means of reducing the detrimental effects of bacterial algae in Grand Lake St. Marys has shown aeration to be very beneficial.  Grand Lake St. Mary’s has many...
03/04/2014
Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager Milt Miller was recently featured on WCSM with comments from the March 2014 LIA member meeting.  CLICK TO LISTEN    
03/04/2014
Linda May from Linda May Realty offered an outlook on the real estate market surrounding Grand Lake St. Marys at the March 2014 LIA member meeting.  Below, the presentation in video with...
02/28/2014
One Indiana county might add tighter manure storage regulations due to complaints from citizens that some farmers are "bad neighbors," according to an article by Pam Tharp on Pal-item.com....
02/28/2014
A recent article by Raveena Aulakh published on thestar.com details the toxic algae problems faced by Lake Erie and outlines a plan to solve it, beginning with the curtailing of fertilizer. ...
02/21/2014
Grand Lake St. Marys will be featured on the "Our Ohio" program on PBS this weekend. The segment originally aired last year, but is still highly relevant as local and state organizations...
02/19/2014
The Lake Improvement Association is proud to report another successful fundraising event for the improvement of Grand Lake St. Marys. The Luau on the Lake, held February 15, 2014, at Romer's in...
02/17/2014
LIA President Tim Lovett was interviewed by Hometown Stations' Sam Shriver at Saturday's Luau on the Lake.  If the video below doesn't load, click here to watch it on the Hometown...
02/17/2014
Senator Rob Portman recently spoke with Hometown Stations' Ty Batemon regarding the importance of the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2013, which...
02/17/2014
GLWWA Watershed Coordinator recently shared the following updates with the LIA: “The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) ranking for 2014 is wrapping up and new contracts will be...
02/17/2014
Check out this video from Luau on the Lake!  Also be sure to browse our photo gallery from the event.  View video on YouTube View photo gallery View photos on Flickr    
02/13/2014
Bella's Pre-Luau Party Come enjoy the view of the lake, have some fun umbrella drinks, and eat great food before you party with the Parrots! Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 Eat at Bella's from 4 to 7...
02/13/2014
LIA Vice President Mark Piening and Trustee Stan Wilker were recently interviewed on WCSM Spectrum. CLICK TO LISTEN    
02/13/2014
Here's a list of items that will be auctioned off at this Saturday's Luau on the Lake. All proceeds go toward improving Grand Lake St. Marys! Photos of:   1980 Olympics USA...
02/11/2014
Check out the following video promoting Luau on the Lake, airing now out of Lima on FOX, ABC, NBC, and CBS!
02/11/2014
The LIA offered a preview of its goals for 2014 at its February member meeting.   The Daily Standard's Kathy Thompson covered the meeting in this article. Note: it was erroneously stated...
02/11/2014
The following article summarizes an ongoing disagreement between agricultural representatives and the EPA over the Clean Water Act.  Read the article here  
02/11/2014
Gypsum application continues to show promise for reducing phosphorus runoff that contributes to toxic algae blooms, according to an article by John Pocock. An OSU/USDA joint study is ongoing to...
01/28/2014
Get your Luau on the Lake tickets at the Saturday, February 1, 2014 LIA Member Meeting to be held at 10 a.m. at the Moose Lodge in Celina! Don't miss this year's event, which promises to be...
01/24/2014
The Ohio Senate has passed SB150, which would require those who apply fertilizer on Ohio's farmlands to be certified to do so. The bill's intent is to educate producers on proper fertilizer...
01/17/2014
WCSM Radio reports that a lake-level draw-down has begun for Grand Lake St. Marys. The station interviewed GLSM State Park Manager Brian Miller regarding the draw-down.  LISTEN HERE    
01/17/2014
The Centers for Disease Control recently published a report detailing its findings from recreational water-associated disease outbreaks in 2009-2010. Of note, the CDC reported: 6 of the 11...
01/09/2014
From WCSM Radio: A project is underway to automate the Grand Lake St Marys Spillway-Comments from State Park Manager Brian Miller A PROJECT IS UNDERWAY AT THE GRAND LAKE SPILLWAY THAT COULD...
01/07/2014
As we kick off 2014, snow and cold blanket the state, leaving us dreaming of warmer weather. What a perfect time to begin planning a spring or summer getaway at an Ohio State Park. The Ohio...
01/01/2014
The purpose of the Lake Improvement Association is to make improvements to the GLSM and its facilities and promote a clean and healthy lake for the general public’s use.    2016...
12/11/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager Milt Miller gives the Lake Improvement Association members an overview of Grand Lake St. Marys improvements in 2013 at the LIA's December 7,...
12/10/2013
The Lake Improvement Association formally recognized ODNR Division of Soil and Water's Terry Mescher and Frances Springer at their Dec. 7, 2013 Member Meeting. The pair have gone beyond the call...
12/10/2013
Abbey Tobe, GLWWA Watershed Coordinator, offers the following update: The end of November wrapped up the 2013 season for the Lawn and Garden Soil Testing Program offered through Mercer SWCD and...
11/22/2013
On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) finished the dredging season at Grand Lake St. Marys. The department set a goal of removing 300,000 cubic yards of sediment during the...
11/22/2013
The Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District held the 69th Annual Banquet on Tuesday, November 19th.  The evening began with elections for a supervisor position on the Mercer SWCD...
11/22/2013
As in the past three years, the 2014  “Get the Carp Outta Here” Tournament will be paying out prize money for the biggest & the most carp caught—and like the tournament...
11/18/2013
On Nov. 14, the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) testified as an interested party to Senate Bill (SB) 150, which was introduced Nov. 6 by Sen. Cliff Hite and Sen. Bob Peterson. SB 150 would require...
11/13/2013
The potential for the Lake Facilities Authority to ask taxpayers to help fund the restoration of Grand Lake St. Marys has stirred debate despite local leaders' stated intent to use the LFA as a...
11/13/2013
A task force recently determined that Ohio should cutoff phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie by 40 percent to protect against the toxic algal blooms that threaten the ecosystem and economy, according to...
11/07/2013
The Lake Improvement Association has named Stan Wilker the 2013 Guardian of the Lake for Grand Lake St. Marys. The annual award is presented to an individual who has taken extraordinary action to...
11/07/2013
The Lake Improvement Association awarded Chad Mason the LIA/WOEF Scholarship at the non-profit organization's November 2, 2013 Member Meeting. Mason is a student at Wright State University-Lake...
11/01/2013
By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society Sunday, November 10, 1:00 – 4:00, the 13th Annual Autumn Post Card Exhibit will be held at the Mercer County...
11/01/2013
The Lake Improvement Association would like to extend a big thank-you to our Zombie Fest 2013 sponsors.  You helped us make our first LIA Zombie Fest an outstanding and successful event! A...
10/29/2013
Check out the LIA photo gallery for Zombie Fest pics! View Zombie Fest 2013 photos now OR view them on Flickr Also be sure to watch the Zombie Fest video
10/29/2013
Ohio Senate Bill 150 would require anyone who applies fertilizer for the purpose of agricultural production to be certified by the Dept. of Agriculture. The bill is part of an effort to limit...
10/28/2013
Zombie Fest was a success! Thank you to everyone who came out and braved the wicked weather to help raise funds for Grand Lake St. Marys!  Here's a video from FOX News via Hometown Stations...
10/27/2013
The City of Celina has reported there are not problems with toxins in the city's water supply, according to a Daily Standard article by William Kincaid.  READ THE ARTICLE
10/27/2013
The Lake Facilities Authority held its first official meeting Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, according to a Daily Standard article by Shelley Grieshop.  READ THE ARTICLE Article highlights include...
10/23/2013
From GLWWA Watershed Coordinator Abbey Tobe: Are You a Partner? Maybe you have seen the new Grand Again billboards on US Route 127 south of Celina or on State Route 29 West of Celina.  If not...
10/21/2013
ODNR Dept. of Soil and Water's Terry Mescher and Frances Springer gave the following presentation to the Lake Improvement Association membership. The presentation details the state of the Grand...
10/16/2013
Now that the growing season is ending, have you thought about taking a soil sample to see what your lawn or garden's nutrient levels are?   Knowing and understanding the nutrient...
10/16/2013
Ohio could be one of just three states to establish limits for farm and sewage treatment plant pollution that feeds toxic algae in lakes, writes Spencer Hunt for The Columbus Dispatch. Article...
10/11/2013
OCAMM Odds and Ends submitted by Mary Wicks and Ag Solutions' Jim Keller:  From BioCycle: REFOR 13 Conference, October 20-23, Columbus, OH.  Workshop, speakers, and tour will cover...
10/07/2013
Ohio Ag Dept. Director David Daniels, Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally, and ODNR Director Jim Zehringer are all behind legislation that would grant them new powers to curb the farm pollution that...
10/02/2013
Local and state officials - including ODNR Director Jim Zehringer - gathered yesterday for the dedication of the Prairie Creek Treatment Train on Grand Lake St. Marys, the first of five planned...
10/01/2013
A new "resort-style" development, complete with housing, business space, and a restaurant, is coming to the West Bank of Grand Lake St. Marys. Highlights from William Kincaid's article...
10/01/2013
The Grand Lake Marathon will make its debut on the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys in September 2014. The event promises to be one of the biggest draws on the lake and will feature a 5K, 10K, Half...
09/30/2013
The area's first water cleansing treatment train at Prairie Creek will debut to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6 on the south side of Grand Lake along state Route 219, east of Kittle...
09/26/2013
From The Daily Standard story by Nancy Allen Mercer County Commissioners refused a request Tuesday by a local ag leader seeking to create a county position to help farmers solve the problem of...
09/26/2013
From WOSU: An environmental group is calling for national policymakers to take action after a report shows significant increase in toxic algae. Ohio is on the list of states experiencing problems...
09/26/2013
From the Auglaize County SWCD: Do you know what healthy soil should look and smell like? Do you know why it’s important that farmers “discover the cover?”   If you haven...
09/26/2013
From Ag Solutions' Jim Keller:   At the recent Farm Science Review, Alan and Lou Brown, proprietors of Brownhaven Farms, were presented with an Ohio Conservation Farm Family award....
09/24/2013
This report, released jointly by Resource Media and the National Wildlife Federation, details the impact of toxic algae not just in Grand Lake St. Marys, but nationwide. At least 21 states are...
09/20/2013
Milt Miller from the Lake Restoration Commission talks about Grand Lake St Marys as the summer draws to an end MILT MILLER FROM THE GRAND LAKE ST MARYS RESTORATION COMMISSION SPEAKS TO WCSM NEWS...
09/20/2013
Check out Nancy Allen's article published in The Daily Standard, which discusses the current toxin levels in Grand Lake St. Marys. Article highlights include: Average monthly algae toxin...
09/20/2013
  The 2013 LIA Fishing Derby for mentally and physically challenged children of the surrounding counties of Grand Lake St. Marys was another success. There were 135 children in attendance...
09/20/2013
Carroll Township residents were saved from potentially-lethal microcystin poisoning by water plant superintendent Henry Biggert, who noticed high levels of the toxin in the tap water earlier this...
09/20/2013
The EPA is hosting a series of webcasts to build awareness about harmful algal blooms and nutrient pollution. The webcasts will air on September 25, 2013, for "Linking Nutrient Pollution...
09/16/2013
The Fall Fest will be held this weekend: Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. Bring the whole family out for fun at the lake!   VIEW THE...
09/10/2013
The 13th Annual Bar Stool Open was a resounding success. Here's a quick recap of the event: Total number of teams:  115, for a total of 460 players Net revenue from teams (after prizes): $6,...
09/10/2013
ODNR Division of Soil and Water's Terry Mescher explains improvements in the watershed for Grand Lake St. Marys at the September 2013 Lake Improvement Association member meeting. Watch on YouTube
08/30/2013
Efforts to restore Grand Lake St. Marys have been successful to date, writes Heather Rutz for The Lima News. Takeaways from the article: Cooperation between the public and private sectors have...
08/26/2013
The 2013 Governor's Cup Regatta, sponsored by the Lake Improvement Association and held this past weekend on Grand Lake St. Marys, was a resounding success among racers and spectators alike....
08/20/2013
The Lake Improvement Association would like to extend a big "thank you" to our Bar Stool Open sponsors - all 48 of them! We encourage you to visit these fine businesses who, like you, have...
08/20/2013
The Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District has hired a new watershed coordinator, Abbey Tobe, reports the Daily Standard's Nancy Allen. Tobe is replacing Laura Walker, who has...
08/20/2013
The Celina Rotary Club will donate up to $5,000 to help the city of Celina purchase an aeration system to aerate the water in Pullman Bay channel, reports the Daily Standard's William Kincaid....
08/12/2013
Watch coverage of the 2013 Bar Stool Open by Hometown Stations! If the video doesn't load, click here to watch it on YouTube. Find the original on Hometown Stations.
08/12/2013
The 13th Annual Bar Stool Open was another success! With your help, we were able to raise thousands of dollars to improve Grand Lake St. Marys - have a total blast doing it! Check out the photos Here...
08/06/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys officials reported improvement in water quality at the August 2013 Lake Improvement Association Member Meeting. The Daily Standard's William Kincaid covered the meeting....
07/31/2013
The Judges' Workshop for the Bar Stool Open will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, August 9th at the First Shelterhouse on the East Bank of Grand Lake St. Marys. The LIA will be providing pizza, wings,...
07/31/2013
A soil scientist with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is in the midst of a three-year, $2 million project to keep more nutrients and water on...
07/31/2013
Michelle Lohstroh, Acting State Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced that more than $1.5 million is available to Ohio agricultural producers and...
07/23/2013
Watch the press conference announcing the LIA's $20,000 donation to save the 2013 Governor's Cup Regatta.
07/23/2013
New Bar Stool Open commercial to be aired on WLIO!  Get full details on the Bar Stool Open here.
07/22/2013
Senate Bill 150, introduced by Sens. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, and Bob Peterson, R-Sabina, would allow the Ohio Department of Agriculture to train and certify farmers in the correct application of...
07/22/2013
Grand Lake State Park Manager Brian Miller told The Evening Leader's Mike Burkholder that dissolved oxygen levels in the lake are low. Last week's high water temperatures robbed the water of...
07/20/2013
The Lake Improvement Association (LIA) today announced it is donating $20,000 to save the 2013 Governor's Cup Regatta on Grand Lake St. Marys . The LIA also provided the leadership to rally...
07/18/2013
In Steve Stephen's article about Ohio's leading lakes, published in The Columbus Dispatch, the journalists names Grand Lake St. Marys as one of the best lakes in Ohio for bird-watching....
07/16/2013
Get your official 13th Annual Bar Stool Open tee shirt today - and pick the style, size, and color that fits you!   Order your shirt today so you're sure to get your Bar Stool Open in time...
07/12/2013
Pontoon/Boat Decorating and Tee Shirt Design Contests will be held at the Bar Stool Open. Put your creativity to the test and outfit your team in style for a chance to win cash prizes! Pontoon/...
07/11/2013
Watch this trio of videos shot at the July 2013 LIA member meeting:   Jesse Parete discusses the success of the LIA Channel Aeration Cost Share Program at the St. Marys Boat Club Marina Jesse...
07/09/2013
For most local farmers, wheat has been harvested, straw has been placed in the barn, and silage harvest is quickly approaching.  The Mercer Soil & Water Conservation District reminds...
07/08/2013
In addition to the LFA's includion in the recently-approved state budget, two other budget items were approved to help restore Grand Lake St. Marys:  $1.1 million to fund the Coldwater Creek...
07/08/2013
Lake Restoration Commission Chairman Milt Miller recaps the LIA Meeting and looks back on a great weekend for Grand Lake St Marys.  CLICK TO LISTEN
07/08/2013
On Friday, June 28, 2013, twenty-five youth participated in Watershed WILD Conservation Camp at Ohio Progressive Sportsmen’s Club.   They did the following activities: Went fishing...
07/02/2013
The Lake Facilities Authority has been approved as part of the state budget Ohio Governor John Kasich recently signed.  The measure grants legal status to the LFA to receive grants, donations,...
07/01/2013
U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2013.    The Harmful Algal...
06/27/2013
Anglers, business owners report best fishing in decades. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE Showcasing the continued focus on improving Grand Lake St. Marys by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR),...
06/27/2013
Legislators seek more power in reducing farm runoff that leads to algal blooms, writes Spencer Hunt in a recent article published in The Columbus Dispatch.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE Article...
06/27/2013
The 2013 LIA Golf Outing was a success! We fielded 20 teams for a day of fun at Northmoor on the banks of Grand Lake St. Marys, and were able to raise more than $1,400 to help restore GLSM in the...
06/27/2013
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 28-30, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of...
06/24/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys fishing is better than it has been in years, according to anglers and the local businesses that cater to them. A related article by Jim Krumel was recently published in The Lima...
06/21/2013
The Lake Improvement Association recently completed the final phase of a 3-phase project to restore the beach at Windy Point on Grand Lake St. Marys. The beach is intended for both swimmers and...
06/20/2013
In May 2012, Mrs. Kristy Guy's 4th grade class at St. Marys Intermediate School learned about pollutants that threaten the environment. As part of the cirriculum, the children tested soil and...
06/19/2013
From Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance Coordinator Laura Walker: FLUSH!  Where does it go?   Are you on central sewer?  Do you have a septic system?  Do you know how to...
06/17/2013
SOURCE Toxic blue-green algae killing fish in a central Ohio park system's 10-acre pond can hopefully be held in check with the help of wind power, parks officials said.   An...
06/12/2013
Clear water from the Prairie Creek treatment train is a positive sign for the restoration of Grand Lake St. Marys, but LRC Manager Milt Miller cautions that phosphorus testing is needed to determine...
06/12/2013
ElectroCell says its patented machine reduces phosphorus and nitrogen from manure before application, allowing farmers to apply more fertilizer yet keep all of their manure on their farms. This could...
06/06/2013
The photo below is of clear discharge flowing from the Prairie Creek treatment train project. This is significant because the crystal clear water is being naturally cleaned by the wetlands created on...
06/05/2013
The following video was shown on PBS and details the issues faced by Grand Lake St. Marys and what is being done to restore the lake. Watch the video here if it does not load below.
06/04/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys was recently featured on WHIO Reports, when Jim Otte interviewed Lake Improvement Association President Tim Lovett, Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager Milt...
06/04/2013
Last Friday, May 31, 2013, more than 100,000 yellow perch fingerlings were released into Grand Lake St. Marys by ODNR. The goal is to establish Grand Lake St. Marys as a yellow perch fishery. In...
05/31/2013
Thank you for helping us restore Grand Lake St. Marys! Thanks to you, our 2013 membership drive was the best we've ever had!  The Lake Improvement Association is thrilled that so many people...
05/31/2013
Mercer Savings Bank recently donated $125 to the LIA as part of its 125-year anniversary celebration in which the bank is donating $125 to 125 different organizations. Below, Mercer Savings Bank Vice...
05/30/2013
Governor Kasich expressed concern that settling lawsuits over flooding around Grand Lake St. Marys could limit the amount of funds available to restore the lake.    Kasich, speaking...
05/30/2013
From Watershed Coordinator Laura Walker: Watershed Project Update May 30, 2013   Did you see the Columbus Dispatch article?    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science...
05/30/2013
The growers association and Ohio Soybean Council have teamed with The Ohio State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test farm fields and find the best way to keep the phosphorous...
05/27/2013
Strides are being made to bring crowds back to Grand Lake St. Marys, which will bolster local tourism, businesses and the entire economic landscape. The following video accompanied a story published...
05/27/2013
  The following article by Kate Malongowski was published by The Lima News, and discusses a statewide study to on farm runoff:   Several Ohio farming organizations, including the Ohio...
05/27/2013
To kick off the beginning of recreational season at Ohio’s state park lakes, Ohio EPA launched a new web-based map application which will enable Ohioans to view real-time data regarding...
05/25/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys is ready for the Memorial Day holiday and summer, as new testing demonstrates it is safe to visit with few restrictions. Read more at WDTN.  Grand Lake St. Marys ready for...
05/24/2013
The Governor's Cup Regatta is slated to return to Grand Lake St. Marys this August. Watch the video featured on WHIO-TV.
05/23/2013
In partnership with the City of St. Marys, Grand Lake St. Marys State Park will dedicate its newest dog park on Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. Located along the park’s east bank road, north of...
05/22/2013
  Memorial Day 2013 Notes from the Watershed Project   From Watershed Coordinator Laura Walker As you take the shrink wrap off your boat, please consider recycling it.  This...
05/22/2013
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05/22/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller recently discussed Grand Lake St. Marys with Kevin Sandler on WCSM's Spectrum show.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
05/20/2013
  Organizers Deem Grand Lake St. Marys Rough Fish Removal Tournament a Success   Once again we asked them to “Get the Carp Outta Here” and boy,  did they ever.  ...
05/10/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller discussed the new SolarBee aeration pilot project, the Prairie Creek treatment train, and increased GLSM tourism at the May 2013 LIA member...
05/09/2013
Mad Scientest and Associates founder Mark Dilley offered a presentation about lake aeration at the May 2013 LIA member meeting. Aeration is a proven way to restore water quality in eutrophic lakes....
05/09/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager Milt Miller was recently inteviewed by WCSM Radio's Kevin Sandler regarding the SolarBee pilot project on GLSM.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
05/09/2013
All but one farming operation in the watershed has filed a nutrient management plan, and that operation is depopulating its farm and is working toward state compliance. The Daily Standard's Amy...
05/09/2013
  Mercer County hosts the Area IV Envirothon in the Grand Lake St. Marys Watershed The watershed coordinator assisted with the below event. Mercer County physically hosts the event...
05/03/2013
Progress is being made to introduce beneficial aeration that will improve water quality in Grand Lake St. Marys. On Thursday, March 2, 2013, two SolarBees were installed at West Beach. In addition,...
05/03/2013
  The Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance partners with many different organizations to bring watershed and conservation activities to the area.  The Mercer County Pheasants Forever is...
05/02/2013
Ag Solutions' Jim Keller sent the following information compiled by Mary Wicks, Program Coordinator for OCAMM:   From Amanda Douridas (OSU): Midwest Nutrient Applicators Association Annual...
05/02/2013
MAD Scientist and Associates founder Mark Dilley will be speaking at the next LIA Member Meeting, to be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Celina Moose Lodge. We'll also hear updates from...
04/30/2013
A recent article by Kate Malongowski, published in The Lima News, details ODNR efforts to keep Grand Lake St. Marys clean. Article highlights include: The Brutus dredge has quadrupled the amount...
04/26/2013
  The annual "Get The Carp Outta Here" Fishing Derby will be held on Grand Lake St. Marys on May 17 - 19, 2013.  CLICK HERE to download the flyer
04/26/2013
The dredging program on Grand Lake St. Marys was recently featured on a newsclip on WHIO TV. Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager Milt Miller was interviewed for the clip. The LIA...
04/25/2013
The Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District recently teamed with The Lake Improvement Association, The Mercer County Farm Bureau, The Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance, and the Mercer County...
04/25/2013
More than a year after being put into service, “Brutus,” a 57-ton dredge, has helped increase the amount of sediment removed from Grand Lake St. Marys, according to the Ohio Department of...
04/25/2013
Media Matters recently published a blog post discussing a "missed" connection between climate change and toxic algae. Read the post here
04/19/2013
  The Annual Lake Cleanup Day will be tomorrow (Saturday), April 20, 2013 from 9:00am - Noon. Trash bags and gloves will be available at Windy Point, West Bank Launch Ramp and East Bank 1st...
04/16/2013
Local tourism in the Grand Lake St. Marys area increased by 8 percent in 2012, Janice Barniak writes in The Evening Leader. Article highlights include:   After a 25 percent dip in tourism...
04/13/2013
Thank you for your support over the past year and wow, what a year it was!  Your commitment to saving Grand Lake St. Marys influenced key decision-makers to take major steps to clean the lake...
04/12/2013
This story published by AG Professional details how gypsum can be used to improve soil quality and increase the absorption of nutrients into the soil, thus reducing runoff.  Here are some...
04/12/2013
The Daily Standard's Nancy Allen reports that new manure and fertilizer rules are in the works. Highlights from the article include: Proposed legislation would create new statewide...
04/12/2013
The final numbers are in, and the LIA Beach Party held in February 2013 raised more than $7,000 for Grand Lake St. Marys. The Lake Improvement Association sincerely thanks all sponsors, volunteers,...
04/12/2013
The Lake Improvement Association recently donated an AED - Automated External Defibrillator - to Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. Park Manager Brian Miller asked the LIA to consider the purchase of...
04/06/2013
Have You Ever Considered Leaving A Legacy? Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Could Use Your Help!   The Emerald Ash Borer has impacted the Park, requiring the removal of hundreds of trees...
04/04/2013
Don't miss this Saturday's LIA Member Meeting, to be held at 10 a.m. at the Celina Moose!  You'll get to hear all the latest and greatest updates about Grand Lake St. Marys, PLUS you...
04/03/2013
The following was reported by the National Science Foundation:   A 2011 record-breaking algae bloom in Lake Erie was triggered by long-term agricultural practices coupled with extreme...
04/03/2013
  ·        If you have not heard yet the crappie fishing has been and continues to be GREAT!! Many limits of large crappie are being caught. Remember to renew your...
04/03/2013
The Daily Standard's Nancy Allen reports:   State crews hope to dredge a record-breaking amount of muck from Ohio's largest inland lake this year. The planned construction of three...
03/27/2013
  A federal report from U.S. EPA indicates the 2012 alum treatment reduced the internal phosphorus load in Grand Lake St. Marys by 55 percent.  VIEW THE REPORT   “To no one...
03/27/2013
  Pull out the camping gear, grab the makings for s’mores and leave the wallet at home for a night of free camping with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The night of free...
03/27/2013
ODNR has an opening for an entry-level seasonal employee for the Grand Lake St. Marys State Park office.  It is the last ODNR job opening listed below:   Current Vacancies (All Applicants...
03/21/2013
The state of Ohio officially announced it will not be conducting another alum treatment on Grand Lake St. Marys, writes Nancy Allen in this Daily Standard article.  Key points from the article...
03/21/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys was featured on a segment about the City of St. Marys, which aired on a broadcast of "Today In America," hosted by Terry Bradshaw.  Watch the video
03/04/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Manager Milt Miller revealed that SolarBees could be coming to Grand Lake St. Marys at the March 2, 2013 Lake Improvement Association Member Meeting....
03/02/2013
The purpose of the Lake Improvement Association is to make improvements to the GLSM and its facilities and promote a clean and healthy lake for the general public’s use.  Goal:  ...
02/26/2013
The Bar Stool Open is a longstanding Grand Lake St. Marys tradition, plus a major fundraiser that helps improve the lake. It's one of the most fun events held annually on the lake, and everyone...
02/14/2013
Bella's Pre Beach Party Come enjoy the view of the lake, have some fun umbrella drinks, and eat great food before you party with the Parrots! Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 Eat at Bella's from 4 to...
02/14/2013
Congratulations to Rob Davis, the winner of the LIA's Beach Party Ticket Giveaway Facebook Sweepstakes!  Rob will receive two free tickest to the Beach Party.  The winner was randomly...
02/14/2013
Your guide to everything you'll need for Saturday's Beach Party! Beach party attire - prize for Best Dressed! Fun T-shirt - prize for Best T-Shirt! Print flyer for Bella's Pre-...
02/12/2013
Follow the link below to listen to an audio clip of WCSM host Kevin Sandler's interview with Senator Sherrod Brown, who discusses Grand Lake St. Marys.  The discussion turns to Ohio's...
02/11/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys' water level might one day be automatically regulated, according to an article by Nancy Allen published in The Daily Standard.   READ THE ARTICLE
02/06/2013
ODNR Director Jim Zehringer addressed the Lake Improvement Association at the February 2013 member meeting.   More Coverage Lake Alum Treatment Unlikely - The Daily Standard LIA Meeting...
02/06/2013
Listen to the audio of LIA Vice President Mark Piening and LIA Trust Stan Wilker on WCSM Spectrum. LISTEN NOW
02/06/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller recently cautioned ice fisherman to use extreme caution when venturing onto the ice.   LISTEN NOW
02/06/2013
LRC Manager Milt Miller addressed LIA members at the February 2013 meeting.  
02/06/2013
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller addressed the Lake Improvement Association at its February 2013 meeting.
02/06/2013
Linda May from Linda May Realty discussed the real estate situation on Grand Lake St. Marys at the February 2013 LIA member meeting.
02/02/2013
ODNR Director Jim Zehringer will discuss Grand Lake St. Marys issues at tomorrow's Lake Improvement Association member meeting.  Don't miss the meeting! 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at...
02/01/2013
Don't miss tomorrow's Lake Improvement Association Member Meeting.  Linda May from Linda May Realty will be discussing real estate refinancing in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed....
02/01/2013
The following was published as a Letter to the Editor to the Columbus Dispatch.   The Jan. 20 Dispatch article “State may raise a stink over farmers,” on the pollution of Grand...
02/01/2013
Nancy Allen reported that ice fishing is hot on Grand Lake St. Marys in a recent Daily Standard article.  The following are excerpts, follow the link below to read the full article. - Large...
01/25/2013
The Lake Improvement Association is making waves again, this time with a new Beach Party 2013 commercial to be aired on WLIO!
01/25/2013
This is the first video in an ongoing series of Grand Lake St. Marys fishing reports by LIA executive board member Dave Eyink. 
01/25/2013
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has added silage leachate collection systems to the Grand Lake St. Marys 319(h) grant. This addition was made at the request of the technical staff at...
01/23/2013
Excerpts from an article by Spencer Hunt for The Columbus Dispatch:   - Five western Ohio farmers are in deep manure with the state. Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials say the...
01/23/2013
Problems at Lake Erie are drawing attention from the critical problems at Grand Lake St. Maryus, Jim Morris writes for the Daily Dayton News: This is a critical time for Grand Lake St. Marys. The...
01/23/2013
By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society One of the Members of the Mercer County Historical Society found this post card and sent it to me.  On the front of the card...
01/18/2013
The LIA is giving away two free tickets to the Beach Party on Facebook!  Login to Facebook and join the sweepstakes for your chance to win tickets to the Beach Party.  All you have to do is...
01/11/2013
Stuck inside dreaming of warmer weather? Now is the perfect time to shake the winter blues and plan a summer vacation at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Ohio State Parks! Grand...
01/10/2013
Excerpts from a Columbus Dispatch article by Spencer Hunt:   Ohio farmers are being warned that if they don’t take steps to reduce the manure and fertilizers that wash off their fields...
01/10/2013
  Robert Kröger, a South African Ph.D candidate who was completing his studies at the ARS laboratory in Oxford, decided to investigate whether drainage ditches could help mitigate...
01/09/2013
Excerpts from an article by William Kincaid published in the Daily Standard: - Republican Sen. Keith Faber of Celina was unanimously elected president of the Ohio Senate on Monday afternoon, becoming...
01/07/2013
Ohio Governor John Kasich discussed Grand Lake St. Marys, among other topics, at the recent Ohio Farm Bureau Federation meeting.  The video was shot during an interview after Kasich's speech...
01/04/2013
There will be no January LIA meeting.  The next LIA Member Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Celina Moose.
01/04/2013
The Lake Improvement Association met its goals for 2012 and looks forward to continuing to play a vital role in the restoration of Grand Lake St. Marys in 2013.   LIA Achievements for 2012...
01/02/2013
To clarify confusion regarding current and future manure application guidelines in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed, please read the following: Watershed In Distress Fact Sheet Manure application...
01/02/2013
OUR OLD BOOK CASE By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society   Most adults are aware of the 1913 flood in Western Ohio, a century ago, not only from old post card...
01/02/2013
Experts from Nancy Allen's article published in The Daily Standard:   The state has issued violations against 12 Grand Lake Watershed farming operations for missing Monday's deadline...
12/21/2012
Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy Commitment Remains to Restoring Grand Lake St. Marys   The past three summers in the Grand Lake St. Marys region have not been an ideal...
12/21/2012
State Representative Jim Buchy has renewed his commitment to restoring Grand Lake St. Marys, and has asked for your help in determining priorities related to Grand Lake St. Marys and the State of...
12/21/2012
After the non-native Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered at some Ohio State Parks in western Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry and Ohio State Parks...
12/21/2012
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller recently shared 2012 highlights for the state park and Grand Lake St. Marys.  It was a challenging year for the lake, and it's important...
12/17/2012
Excerpts from a recent Daily Standard article by Nancy Allen:   All livestock farms in the Grand Lake Watershed must have nutrient management plans Monday and more than a dozen have failed...
12/14/2012
Several recent articles, as well as agricultural community input, have shed light on current strategies for reducing the environmental impact of agriculture.   VanTilburg Farms and Gibbs Farm...
12/07/2012
Looking for a perfect Christmas gift for family, friends, co-workers, and employees?  Give them a FREE LIA Trial Membership! Here's why you should give free trial memberships: They'...
12/07/2012
Looking for an awesome Christmas gift that also helps save Grand Lake St. Marys?  Check out the LIA Shop, where you'll find shirts, hats, coffee mugs, beer mugs, and more featuring the LIA...
12/07/2012
Excerpts from a Daily Standard story by Nancy Allen: - Karl Gebhardt, chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Soil and Water Resources, spoke to a capacity crowd at Saturday...
12/07/2012
From WCSM Radio:  Laura Walker gives a summary of the Grand Lake Wabash Watershed alliance public advisory board meeting: CLICK HERE
12/07/2012
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins AP Legal Affairs Writer The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered the state to speed up compensation to dozens of landowners who suffered losses from flooding near Ohio's...
12/07/2012
This is an interesting video found on YouTube that demonstrates how wildlife habitats have been restored on the Upper Mississippi River.  Some of these practices might apply to the restoration...
12/07/2012
The following is excerpted from an email sent to the LIA by Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig, who is requesting financial support for the society's museum.  The museum...
12/03/2012
Lake Improvement Associated members re-elected Tim Lovett to serve as 2013 LIA President at the Dec. 1, 2012 member meeting. The LIA would like to thank all members who participated in the election....
12/03/2012
Chief of the Ohio Division of Soil and Water Karl Gebhardt gave LIA members an update on progress and goals for his department's role in restoring Grand Lake St. Marys at the Dec. 1, 2012 LIA...
12/03/2012
Excerpts from a Daily Standard article by William Kincaid: - State Rep Jim Buchy, R-Greenville, and Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, both say that science should continue to guide state decisions on...
12/03/2012
Excerpts from an article published in the San Francisco Gate: - Manmade wetlands could help ease manmade problems in what was once the world's largest manmade lake. - A planned system of...
11/28/2012
Lake Improvement Association members will vote for the 2013 LIA President at the December LIA Member Meeting, to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Celina Moose. Members must be...
11/28/2012
Exerpts from a Columbus Dispatch story by Spencer Hunt: - Though Grand Lake is still stained green, a coalition of area business leaders, state officials and farmers say it is getting better....
11/28/2012
Exerpt from a Daily Standard article by Nancy Allen:   Blue-green algae toxin levels recorded in recent weeks were the highest they've been all year, and much of the Celina shoreline was...
11/21/2012
From an editorial published in the Toledo Blade: "Western Lake Erie is too big to cor­rect its nox­ious al­gae prob­lem with large doses of alu­mi­num sul­fate, or...
11/21/2012
The following photo was shared by Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig. If you know who the men in this photo are, when it was taken, and where, let us know in the comments below! So...
11/16/2012
WORKSHOP:  Compost Bedded Pack Dairy Barns.  December 5, 2012, OARDC, Wooster, Ohio.  This alternative method allows for handling dairy manure as a solid. Learn about facility...
11/14/2012
The Lake Improvement Association will hold elections at the December 2012 LIA Member Meeting, to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Celina Moose. Five LIA Officer positions and four...
11/14/2012
The Lake Improvement Association has decided to suspend the oil derrick project for further evaluation. Member concerns regarding the project's estimated investment as well as how the project...
11/13/2012
The Lake Improvement Association has named Gayle Meyer Guardian of the Lake for 2012. Each year the LIA recognizes a person who has been a strong ally and supporter of Grand Lake St. Marys. Many...
11/13/2012
  An Ohio State University researcher has launched a $2 million project to evaluate and, as necessary, revise the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service Ohio...
11/13/2012
The following answers the questions posed by Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig in the article "How Well Do You Know Grand Lake St. Marys History?" OUR OLD BOOK CASE...
11/13/2012
Karl Gebhardt, Chief of the Ohio Divison of Soil and Water Resources, will be speaking at the December 2012 LIA Member Meeting to be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 1, 2012, at the Celina Moose. His office is...
11/02/2012
Dr. Harry Gibbons of the Tetra Tech company in Seattle held a press conference to set the record straight concerning comments he made recently regarding the effectiveness of alum treatments on Grand...
11/02/2012
  OUR OLD BOOK CASE   By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society   The 12th Annual Autumn Post Card Exhibit, featuring Post Cards of Grand Lake Saint...
11/01/2012
The Lake Improvement Association is seeking two members to fill the Secretary and Treasurer positions on the executive board. The positions provide an opportunity for members to take a more active...
10/31/2012
A video on Indiana's News Center explores algae treatment results on Grand Lake St. Marys to-date. If the video doesn't load, click here.
10/30/2012
A suite of new smartphone and online tools can help farmers calculate fertilizer usage so they can "Keep It for the Crops by 2025" and reduce watershed runoff.   Here is the link to...
10/30/2012
How much impact do islands have on water quality?  This tidbit comes from an article by Kelly Waters, published in the Wayne Independent: "A 250 square foot island can remove about 10...
10/25/2012
By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society The 12th Annual Autumn Post Card Exhibit, featuring Post Cards of Grand Lake Saint Marys, and old photographs, posters, and...
10/10/2012
The Daily Standard's William Kincaid reports:   Whether pulling distressed boats to shore, securing safety perimeters or inspecting vessels, a local crew of civilian volunteers is making...
10/10/2012
The Grand Lakes Echo David Poulson reports:   Canadian officials Tuesday announced a $16 million investment to understand and control algae in the Great Lakes.   The Great Lakes...
10/08/2012
The Lake Improvement Association seeks to build a replica oil derrick on Grand Lake St. Marys.  The oil derrick will be constructed on the site of the last operational oil derrick on the lake,...
10/08/2012
Dominion expanded Windy Point Beach on Grand Lake St. Marys by nearly 70 feet in one day on October 5, 2012.  Dominion employees volunteered to undertake the project as part of the company's...
10/05/2012
A new water restoration test has begun on Grand Lake St. Marys, according to an article written by Nancy Allen for the Daily Standard.  Allen writes:   Another pilot started Tuesday on...
10/05/2012
  On Friday a teleconference conducted by the Corps, officials pointed out the threats associated with invasive species such as Asian carp, but not necessarily as they relate to the much-...
10/05/2012
Watershed pollution will feed the algae in Grand Lake St. Marys for years, according to an article by The Columbus Dispatch's Spencer Hunt.  Hunt writes:   The toxic algae problems...
09/27/2012
From the Columbus Dispatch's Spencer Hunt:   Summer-like weather might be behind us, but toxic, blue-green algae are still sticking around.   State officials posted a new warning...
09/27/2012
From The Daily Standard's Nancy Allen:   Ag officials hope results from manure settling tank tests prove it's economically feasible to transport liquid hog waste out of the Grand Lake...
09/27/2012
Learn how fungi might be able to increase nutrient absorption in crop plants, thus reducing nutrient runoff and improving water quality in the watershed.  This report, by Mike Amaranthus, Ph.D....
09/27/2012
  OUR OLD BOOK CASE   By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society   This photograph of the Sunday School Picnic at Edgewater Park will be on exhibit,...
09/19/2012
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Lake Improvement Association Golf Outing!  The results are:   1st Place:  Greg Toler, Brent Whipps, Geg Bruns, Jim Bruns   2nd...
09/19/2012
Nancy Allen recently covered the effects of channel aeration in a Daily Standard article.  She writes:     "Adding oxygen to dead-end channels on Grand Lake is improving water...
09/19/2012
A recent story published in The Atlantic discusses blue-green algae and Grand Lake St. Marys.  Jessica Marshall writes:   "Every summer, as temperatures rise, "blooms" of...
09/14/2012
Here is the latest Grand Lake St. Marys monitoring data from the Ohio EPA.   Celina PWS Intake 09/12/12 Microcystins 32.6 ppb Grand Lake - Windy...
09/13/2012
 A group of landowners near Ohio's largest inland lake asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to order state officials to compensate them for their losses from flooding. The court ruled...
09/12/2012
Employees from Dairy Queen in St. Marys and New Bremen recently donated $508.82 to the Lake Improvement Association to help fund efforts to restore Grand Lake St. Marys.  Employees saved the...
09/06/2012
The Lake Improvement Association will hold elections at the December 2012 LIA Member Meeting.  Five LIA Officer positions and four LIA Trustee positions will be up for election.  To be...
09/05/2012
BAR STOOL OPEN 2012 PHOTOS The 2012 Bar Stool Open results have been announced.  The LIA sincerely thanks all the players, bars, businesses owners, prize donors, judges, and other volunteers who...
09/05/2012
The Lake Improvement Association is accepting nominations for the 2012 Guardian of the Lake.  Each year, the LIA awards the Guardian of the Lake designation to an individual who has taken...
09/03/2012
The Lake Improvement Association recently awarded $1,200 to Alex Bowler for materials to build a new shelter at Windy Point on Grand Lake St. Marys.  Alex built the shelter as part of his Eagle...
08/31/2012
The Coast Guard urges boaters to use extra caution while enjoying the Labor Day weekend. Coast Guard law-enforcement crews will be patrolling, conducting safety checks, and watching for people...
08/29/2012
A new pilot project has been launched to determine how Kria Ionizers might help clean the water in Grand Lake St. Marys.  The Lima News' Bob Blake writes:  MAD Scientist &...
08/29/2012
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Resources has hired Frances Springer of Wapakoneta to serve as the nutrient management specialist for the Grand Lake St...
08/06/2012
The Lake Improvement Association has donated $2,500 to the Montezuma Fire Department to be used to help fund a new boat house at Windy Point.  The boat house will allow the fire department to...
08/06/2012
Watch this video for highlights from the August 2012 Lake Improvement Association Member Meeting, held Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Celina Moose on Grand Lake St. Marys.   Highlights include:...
07/25/2012
The Lake Improvement Association is once again sponsoring the spectacular Chippewa Lake Water Ski Show Team at the Celina Lake Festival!   The Chippewa Lake Water Ski Show Team is Ohio's...
07/24/2012
Celina Governor’s Cup Regatta Committee Co-Chairs Myron Buxton and Scott Anderson are announcing the cancellation of the 2012 Celina Governor’s Cup Regatta. After meeting with...
07/20/2012
Three state agencies today jointly launched the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative, a program geared to improve water quality and reduce Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. HABs...
07/20/2012
By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society “Post Cards of Grand Lake Saint Marys,” will be the Feature Exhibit on Sunday November 11, at the Mercer County...
07/09/2012
Looking for updates on lake levels and more for Grand Lake St. Marys?  The following links, videos and audio clips from the July Lake Improvement Association Member Meeting shed light on the...
07/06/2012
Some takeaways from two recent articles and other information related to dredging Grand Lake St. Marys:   3 operating dredges in GLSM Cost to remove 1 cubic yard of sludge (hydraulic):...
06/21/2012
The Grand Lake St. Marys Lake Restoration Commission is asking for your help.  Volunteers are needed to help plant wetland plants in the newly constructed wetlands in the Prairie Creek...
06/13/2012
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) officials did an experimental stocking of yellow perch at Grand Lake St. Marys on May 23. The goal of the stocking was to provide more angler opportunities...
06/06/2012
Marina Dock Age recently ran an article about the state of recreation at Grand Lake St. Marys. READ THE ARTICLE HERE
06/06/2012
Kozy Marina is raffling off a Hurricane Sundeck Mercury 5.0 MPI boat to help save Grand Lake St. Marys.  Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Kozy Marina, Kozy Kampground, LIA monthly...
06/03/2012
The Lake Improvement Association has recently drafted updated bylaws, which will be voted on for approval at the next LIA member meeting.  Read the updated bylaws here
05/25/2012
The 2012 Sunnyside Inn Carp Races were a resounding success, earning $10,175 to help save Grand Lake St. Marys!  This is a major fundraiser for the lake that helps fund Lake Restoration...
05/23/2012
Don't forget to join the LIA or renew your membership by May 29 to have your LIA Member Card delivered to your mailbox.  Your LIA Member Card entitles you to enjoy great discounts at more...
05/22/2012
Organizers Deem Grand Lake St. Marys Rough Fish Removal Tournament a Success We asked them to “Get the Carp Outta Here”  and boy did they ever.  The second annual tournament...
05/14/2012
Grand Lake State Park Manager Brian Miller provided the following updates regarding Grand Lake St. Marys, including an image of the algae notification signs posted around the lake (see larger photo...
05/10/2012
The Lake Improvement Association has completed the restoration of Windy Point Beach on the south side of Grand Lake St. Marys.  The project involved removing riparian rap, which had been...
05/07/2012
Locals will soon have an opportunity to invest in the Ag Conversions manure reclamation facility to be located in Mercer County.  An informational meeting will be held for qualified investors at...
05/07/2012
Now, swimmers and sunbathers on who live on the south side of Grand Lake St. Marys won't have far to go to have fun in the sun.  The Windy Point Beach project was started today, May 7, 2012...
05/04/2012
A reminder that the Lake Improvement Association member meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Celina Moose Lodge.  Keep up with what's happening to improve and restore...
05/04/2012
Hurry and renew your LIA Membership before May 15 to get your member discount card mailed to your door step! Click here to read more about the great savings at lake area merchants and restaurants you...
05/03/2012
By Tom Harrison, The Lima News An Orange sign — a recreational public health advisory — will be posted at beaches when toxin levels exceed the recommended threshold, warning individuals...
05/03/2012
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park issues a reminder that private dock fees are due by May 1st to avoid a late fee assessment. These fees as well as the other fees collected by the Park are used to...
05/03/2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012 has been designated a day of prayer for Grand Lake.  Both the Celina and St. Mary's Ministerial Associations have given their support to this endeavor.  It is our...
04/27/2012
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04/26/2012
Grand Lake St. Marys is once again the crappie capital of Ohio.  A recent Dayton Daily News article by Jim Morris titled "State surveys rate some area lakes the best in Ohio" relayed...
04/26/2012
Get your soil tested, don’t P in the lake. There are 200 lawn soil sample coupons available. For just $5, any lawn owner in the Grand Lake St. Marys or Wabash River Watersheds can have their...
04/26/2012
Mercer County Soil and Water has launched a new website, Grand Again, at www.grandagain.org, to help you learn more about how what you use in your house, on your lawn, in your business, and more...
04/25/2012
OUR OLD BOOK CASE By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society “Marion Township:  Carthagena, Cassella, (Marysville), Chickasaw, Millport, St. Rosa, St. Sebastian,...
04/17/2012
Want more sales?  You need to be on the LIA Member Discount Card! Only 5 spots left - contact us now at feedback@lakeimprovement.com to reserve your spot!
04/17/2012
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park issues a reminder that private dock fees are due by May 1st to avoid a late fee assessment. These fees as well as the other fees collected by the Park are used to...
04/17/2012
The Lake Improvement Association thanks Paul Cullers and D&W Marina for his donation of $500 to be used to purchase sand for the upcoming LIA Windy Point Beach restoration project.  Paul...
04/17/2012
By Andrew Wellan, BizTimes.com Amiran Technologies LLC, an Oak Creek-based company that says it has developed cutting-edge processes to remove contamination from polluted materials, announced that...
04/17/2012
NASA has developed a new algae-farming system that turns wastewater into biofuel.  With algal bloom issues at Grand Lake St. Marys, it begs the question whether the OMEGA system could be...
04/17/2012
Dave Shaner shared the below photo on the LIA Facebook page, which depicts the newly-hatched baby eagle in its next.  If you look closely inside the black circle you should see it.  Thanks...
04/12/2012
The Lake Improvement Association is committed to improving the experience of the people who enjoy Grand Lake St. Marys, and as part of that mission we're seeking ideas for lake improvement...
04/11/2012
By Nancy Allen, The Daily Standard A nonprofit group is hoping to attract more visitors to Grand Lake by rehabilitating an abandoned beach. The Lake Improvement Association announced at its...
04/11/2012
Diversified Pond Solutions shared the following presentation with the LIA regarding shallow water linear aeration. 
04/11/2012
The CVB is seeking volunteers for the Get The Carp Outta Here Fishing Tournament to be held May 18 - 20, 2012, on Grand Lake St. Marys.  Last year just under 300 people signed up and took out...
04/11/2012
Sadly, Lake Improvement Association member Lowell Dues passed away on March 30.  Lowell was active in the LIA as a past officer (Treasurer) for many years, was a recipient of the prestigious...
04/06/2012
The Saturday, April 7, 2012 Lake Improvement Association member's meeting, to be held at 10 a.m. at the Celina Moose Lodge, boasts an exciting agenda.  Members will hear updates about what...
04/06/2012
By Tony Cook, The Toledo Blade Ohio, Michigan, and U.S. government officials shared what they're doing to deal with the burgeoning toxic algae problem in Lake Erie during a panel Wednesday at...
04/05/2012
From Jim Morris' Fishing Report, published by the Dayton Daily News: Grand Lake St. Marys: Crappie fishing has slowed with some lower temperatures. Most fish have moved to deeper water, so try...
04/03/2012
It was a big day on Grand Lake St. Marys. "Brutus" the new $670,000 dredger was dedicated Monday on the East Bank. And on the West Bank of the lake, a boat with a barge loaded with tanks...
04/03/2012
New federal resources awarded will help improve water quality at Grand Lake St. Marys, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced on Wednesday. Brown announced $1 million in USDA Natural Resources...
04/03/2012
Grand Lake St. Marys takes another big step toward preventing toxic algae. Officials dedicated a new lake dredger, nicknamed Brutus. The machine weights 57 tons and will remove contaminated dirt from...
03/27/2012
The Saint Marys Chamber of Commerce recently presented the Lake Improvement Association with its Non-Profit Community Impact Award.  The LIA earned the recognition for its dedication to saving...
03/27/2012
By Bob Blake, The Lima News The algae bloom outbreak at Grand Lake St. Marys in 2010 that has made the lake and its watershed a poster child for water-quality issues statewide is also the launching...
03/27/2012
Source:  Farm World   By MICHELE F. MIHALJEVICH Indiana Correspondent   MONTPELIER, Ohio — Rick Unger, a charter boat captain on Lake Erie, readily admits he knows...
03/27/2012
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03/25/2012
Brutus will be lauched tomorrow into Grand Lake St. Marys to begin its long career fostering boater safety.  Here is a photo of the assembled dredge.
03/23/2012
Brutus, the new dredge, arrived at Grand Lake St. Marys this week.  Check out these photos. Click here to see a video from Newscenter 7.              ...
03/23/2012
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03/21/2012
Ag Conversions recently unveiled plans for its new Grand Lake St. Marys plant, which will convert manure into ferttilizer.  The new facility will be built on U.S. Route 127 at State Route 119,...
03/21/2012
By Shelley Grieshop, The Daily Standard Bragging about the Grand Lake area and heralding its successes can improve economics and the overall quality of life in local communities. That was the...
03/21/2012
BY IGNAZIO MESSINA, BLADE STAFF WRITER DUNDEE, Mich. — In an effort to combat the toxic organic sludge known as blue-green algae, which has plagued western Lake Erie for years, killing fish...
03/12/2012
A step toward improving water quality at Grand Lake St. Marys will occur this spring when an alum treatment will be applied to cover the entire lake. This treatment is part of Gov. John Kasich’...
03/12/2012
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller recently offered the following updates: A local committee has been pulled together to review lake level management. One of their first actions...
03/09/2012
LIA Thanks Beach Party Sponsors for Helping Save Grand Lake The Lake Improvement Association's First Annual Beach Party, held February 28, 2011 at Romer's Catering in Celina, was a...
03/02/2012
by Nancy Allen, The Daily Standard Device could make it easier to export hog manure from Grand Lake Watershed    A local ag official is working with five swine farmers to test a...
03/02/2012
For the 2012 season, Ohio has relaxed fish consumption advisories in four water bodies and added more strict limits in 10 waterways. This year’s fish consumption advisory contains updates to 15...
02/25/2012
OUR OLD BOOK CASE By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society Frank and Janet Ferguson, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, wrote to me and asked if I knew anything about this jug,...
02/24/2012
The first Lake Improvement Association Beach Party was a resounding success with a sell-out crowd that danced the night away to tunes from Top Shelf and Parrots of the Caribbean!  This was a...
02/24/2012
A Grand Lake St. Marys State Park contracted crew has been busy with a rip rap project at Harmon's Landing.  The project was finished in February 2012 and the contractor will move to Rustic...
02/24/2012
The following article was originally published in Manure Manager.  Click here to read it in its original form. Productivity and economics of nurse trucks for manure transport...
02/24/2012
As we inch closer to spring park district officials at Grand Lake St. Marys do their best to make sure it's a busy year on the lake by luring fishing tournaments back to the area. Chad Dawson...
02/24/2012
By Nancy Allen, the Daily Standard   A bill that would make it easier for farmers to build manure digesters and algae growing facilities on their land is closer to becoming law. The...
02/24/2012
Manure technology workshops are set for March 19 in western Ohio near Grand Lake St. Marys and for March 20 in northern Ohio at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The programs...
02/24/2012
By Vicki Johnson - Staff Writer (vjohnson@advertiser-tribune.com) , The Advertiser-Tribune Energy companies are revisiting gas and oil deposits left under ground in past years, when oil pumps were a...
02/14/2012
WLIO and Hometown Stations has been airing a second Beach Party commercial for the benefit of Grand Lake St. Marys.  It has been airing on the Lima ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS stations.  ...
02/14/2012
Ag Solutions will be visited by Ohio State University Professor Larry Brown at their member meeting to be held March 5, 2012.  Dr. Brown will be sharing some strategies for removing phosphorus...
02/14/2012
The Lake Improvement Association recently donated $3,000 to Franklin Township on Grand Lake St. Marys to help support the maintenance of the Bike Trail.  The Bike Trail is a popular community...
02/14/2012
The results of the recent Lake Improvement Association Facebook Beach Party Ticket Giveaway have been announced.  LIA Facebook fans were asked to submit stories of their favorite time on Grand...
02/10/2012
The Lake Improvement Association has released its goals for 2012 as part of the ongoing effort to restore Grand Lake St. Marys. 2012 LIA Goals 1.Support the Lake Restoration Commission Continue to...
02/09/2012
Check out the new Beach Party Commercial, courtesy of Hometown Stations in Lima!  You'll be seeing this commercial over the next week when you watch NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS Lima.  Check...
02/08/2012
Want to know what's going on in the watershed?  Ag Solutions has been kind enough to share regular updates with the Lake Improvement Association. AG SOLUTIONS Meeting Agenda/Brief Recap and...
02/03/2012
Shake off the winter chill with a night of dancing, drinks, and laughter with the nation's premier Jimmy Buffet tribute band, Parrots of the Caribbean! Go to...
02/01/2012
Milt Miller was welcomed to the newly created position of Lake Restoration Manager for Grand Lake St. Marys with a round of applause from his fellow members of the Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration...
01/26/2012
PHOTO: FILE - This July 2010 photo shows dead fish and blue-green algae at Grand Lake St. Mary's in Celina, Ohio. Ohio plans to use a chemical treatment on all 13,000 acres of the state's largest...
01/26/2012
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller released a list of planned improvements for the lake in 2012.  Looking forward to 2012 at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park 2012 is going to...
01/26/2012
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources today announced discounted pricing for camping, shelter house rentals and dock fees at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. The savings are available immediately...
01/26/2012
From Dayton Daily News featured columnis Jim Morris: By Jim Morris, Contributing Writer 9:09 PM Saturday, January 21, 2012  Many people ask me, How are things at Grand Lake St. Marys? Has the...
01/18/2012
Share your best story of good times on Grand Lake St. Marys and you could win two tickets to the Beach Party to be held February 18, 2012 at Romer's! Log on to the LIA Facebook page for full details...
01/18/2012
From Farm and Dairy:   Michigan State University photo (Editor’s note: The following article was compiled by OSU Extension authors Glen Arnold, Jon Rausch, and Amanda Meddles, and...
01/06/2012
By Jeff Van Loon, Farm and Dairy As 2011 ends and we look ahead at what might be the big issue for agriculture in 2012, I think the big issue will be on farm nutrient management. Algae blooms I...
01/05/2012
View some great photographs of Grand Lake St. Marys and the surrounding communities, taken by R.A. Makley, on this website gallery. 
01/04/2012
REMINDER:  There will be no LIA member meeting in January.  The next meeting will be held Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Celina Moose Lodge.
01/04/2012
Leading by example to help Save Lake Erie is the Scotts Miracle Gro Company, based in Marysville, Ohio. They have offered to voluntarily remove phosphorous from their mature lawn fertilizers by...
12/20/2011
Some decision-makers apparently need a refresher course on clean water. From the mid-1800’s to the late 1960’s, many rivers around the U.S. caught on fire, including Ohio’s mighty...
12/20/2011
Toxic algae blooms have never been worse in Lake Erie, and the situation is threatening fish and tourism, Ohio officials said. Analyses show numbers of walleye and yellow perch — the lake's...
12/16/2011
State Representatives Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) and Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) today announced the unanimous passage of House Bill 276 from the Ohio House of Representatives. House Bill 276, which...
12/08/2011
By Angie Klosterman, The Evening Leader Area residents can do their part in helping with the cleanup of Grand Lake St. Marys by putting in their own aeration systems. The recent Battelle Interim...
12/08/2011
By Nancy Allen, The Daily Standard Lake Restoration Commission (LRC) members plan to meet with state directors Jan. 19 to discuss the status of ongoing projects to restore Grand Lake. Invited will...
12/07/2011
Ohio EPA Awards $49,900 Environmental Education Grant to Auglaize and Mercer Counties Ohio EPA has awarded a $49,900 environmental education grant to the Grand Lake St. Marys Community Improvement...
12/06/2011
By Mike Burkholder, The Evening Leader A local lake restoration group is now looking to find a new face for its efforts to help heal Grand Lake St. Marys. Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission...
12/06/2011
It was recently announced that $1 million in federal resources has been allocated for a methane digester project in Ohio to reduce nutrient loading associated with toxic algae blooms, like the...
12/04/2011
Manager Position Opening The Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission (GLSMRC) is looking for a director. This individual will report directly to the GLSMRC and oversee the design, construction...
12/02/2011
State Ordered to Compensate Owners for 'Taking' of Land Caused by Overflows from Grand Lake St. Marys Court Finds 1997 Changes to Spillway Increased Downstream Flooding 2009-1292.  State ex...
11/30/2011
Interim report analyzed nearly 75 proposals, found promising solutions to fight toxic cyanobacteria blooms at Ohio’s largest inland lake Battelle, the world’s largest independent research...
11/16/2011
Changes have been made in the director positions at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Gov. John Kasich announced Nov. 15, that ODA Director James Zehringer...
11/16/2011
Ivan Knapp interviews Grand Lake St Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW: CLICK HERE
11/15/2011
She's a tree eater State's new horizontal grinder goes to work   By Nancy Allen, The Daily Standard     GRAND LAKE - She has a 765-...
11/07/2011
Just days before the release of a 50-state report outlining some of the country’s most promising ways to reconnect Americans to the natural world, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today...
11/03/2011
Left to right: Henry Pate, Tom Gulbransen, John McArdle, Harry Stone Battelle presented an interim report to the Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Committee during a recent meeting at WSU Lake Campus...
11/02/2011
The Lake Improvement Association thanks The One-Eyed Show (TOES), a local band that recently donated proceeds from the sales of its song "Creek Swim" to the LIA to help save Grand Lake St....
10/19/2011
FULL DETAILS AND BUY TICKETS HERE The Lake Improvement Association invites the public to shake off the winter chill with a night of dancing, drinks and laughter when the nation's premier Jimmy Buffet...
10/17/2011
Linda May has received the 2011 Guardian of the Lake Award for her tremendous contributions to saving Grand Lake St. Marys.  Linda has been a tireless volunteer for the Grand Lake St. Marys...
10/16/2011
Julie Miller, left, Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission, accepts a check for $20,000,from Scott Stubbins, RBC Blue Water Projects, at the October Lake Improvement Association meeting. ...
10/05/2011
Ag Conversions demonstrated its ability to turn manure into fertilizer and Grand Lake St. Marys dredging material into potting soil - and turn a profit doing so - while helping clean Grand Lake St....
09/29/2011
READ THE REPORT A state-sponsored alum treatment at Grand Lake St. Marys in June successfully reduced the intensity of harmful algal blooms in the lake this summer, according to a recent report by a...
09/26/2011
The Lake Improvement Association today announced that Ag Conversions, a division of Wisconsin-based Amiran Technologies, will be presenting its process for converting manure and dredge material into...
09/26/2011
State officials on Monday ruled out a reported illness as being linked to Grand Lake St. Marys. Ohio Department of Health spokesperson Tessie Pollock released an update of the statuses of statewide...
09/26/2011
THE TRI-MORAINE AUDUBON SOCIETY WILL FEATURE A TALK ENTITLED, “BACK FROM THE BRINK: BALD EAGLES SOAR OVER MERCER COUNTY” ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4.   THE TALK WILL BE PRESENTED AT 7:30...
09/16/2011
Area children had a blast at 2011 installment of the annual Lake Improvement Association Kids Fishing Derby, held this Wednesday at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.  SEE IF YOU MADE THE PHOTO...
09/16/2011
Dairy, poultry farm are doing things right, agriculture organizations say   Perhaps no farmers receive more scrutiny about how they...
09/16/2011
Have you been to the Gilliland Nature Sanctuary in Franklin Township? The Franklin Township Green space Committee invites you to join Naturalist Tom Bain and several of his peers on a night hike...
09/14/2011
The state's policy on posting public health advisories at Ohio lakes could change in 2012, which would be welcome news to Buckeye Lake officials. Glen Cobb, deputy director of recreation and...
09/14/2011
The Great Lakes Research Consortium at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has been awarded a three-year grant of $399,658 to test the use of hydrogen peroxide to control...
09/14/2011
This article by Jeremy D'Entremont was featured in Lighthouse Digest. Once part of a vast forested wilderness, Ohio's 13,500-acre Grand Lake St. Marys was constructed in 1845 as a feeder reservoir...
09/14/2011
One solar energy facility delayed; building to start on manure digester in fall     Both developers of renewable energy plants in Celina...
09/14/2011
An eight hour, one day BOATING SAFETY CLASS will be conducted by the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at Indian Lake from 8AM to 4:30PM, October 15, 2011. The class will be held at the Moundwood Boat...
09/08/2011
A new federal report says Ohio cities are just as much to blame as its farms for toxic algae polluting Lake Erie. The Columbus Dispatch reported that a U.S. Geological Survey study found sewage...
09/08/2011
Parts of Lake Erie are critically ill. The signs of sickness float on the surface of its warm and shallow western basin: blue-green algae blooms that contain a liver toxin, microcystin. Signs warn...
09/08/2011
Company says product could be used to make potting soil from muck Core samples of Grand Lake's muck preliminarily show a lot of peat at the lake's bottom, but not much...
09/08/2011
Zebs Resort, South Shore, Grand Lake Saint Marys By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society Zeb’s Resort was owned by Zeb and Vi (Luedeke) Sollars.  In March 1949...
09/08/2011
We're seeking volunteer workers and cookie bakers for the Kids Fishing Derby (http://www.lakeimprovement.com/fishing-derby-2011) to be held on September 14.  If interested, please email Dave...
09/08/2011
Please thank Dave and Sharon Eyink and Larry and Joyce Kellermeyer, owners of Dairy Queen in St. Marys and new Bremen, who donated a portion of sales from each Blizzard sold in the month of May to...
08/30/2011
The 2011 Governor’s Cup Regatta capped off a summer of successful events held at Grand Lake St. Marys, adding to the recovery of tourism at Grand Lake St. Marys. The annual event, which was...
08/30/2011
These aerial photos of the Prairie Creek area on the south side of Grand Lake show the loss of littoral wetlands in 70 years. The photo on the left is from 1938 and the magenta line marks the...
08/30/2011
VIDEO NOT WORKING?  WATCH IT HERE 2011 Alum Test Results-Grand Lake St Marys and comments from Ohio EPA's Dina Pierce TO HEAR COMMENTS WITH DINA PIERCE: CLICK HERE Experimental...
08/30/2011
By Matt Reese, Ohio's News Journal - Read Original Source To do his part to prevent any sediment or nutrients from leaving the farm, Paul Dahlinghaus of Auglaize County has really stepped up the...
08/25/2011
The 2011 Bar Stool Open was a success with more than $9,500 raised to help save Grand Lake St. Marys.  VIEW THE 2011 BAR STOOL OPEN PHOTO GALLERY Barstool Open Winners: First Place Tie with...
08/25/2011
New federal resources awarded will help clean up Grant Lake St. Marys while creating clean energy jobs. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $1 million for a methane digester project to...
08/25/2011
The Grand Lake Restoration Commission is turning to a federal agency to help them get wetlands back at the lake. The commission is asking the US Army Corp of Engineers to get an aerial...
08/25/2011
WATCH THE VIDEO There is some very encouraging news for people who live and vacation at Grand Lake St. Marys. A million dollars will be pouring into the region. Manure and chemical runoffs from...
08/25/2011
BG company: Ohio wastes water test money: foxtoledo.com   A Bowling Green company claims state government is wasting taxpayer money in the way it tests lakes for toxic algae. Ohio...
08/25/2011
For about a decade, fishermen lined the shores and roamed the waters of Grand Lake for 60 days each spring trying to catch tagged crappies with names like Piano Pete, Whiskey Reb and Tangle Free...
08/17/2011
Courtesy Nancy Allen, The Daily Standard A car engine. Shotgun. Washing machine. Whiskey bottle. State dredges have picked up an array of items from the bottom of Grand Lake in the last six decades....
08/17/2011
The following excerpts are .pdfs from the August edition of Ohio Magazine.  The articles highlight efforts by local producers to undertake nutrient management best practices in an effort to save...
08/17/2011
  U.S. EPA officials are stopping at Mercer County farms unannounced to investigate for pollution violations. Mercer SWCD Administrator Nikki Hawk told SWCD board members during a Friday...
08/17/2011
A local is using biological research in an effort to help bring a solution to the algae problem in Grand Lake St. Marys.   Andrew Durkee, a St. Marys native beginning his junior year in college...
08/17/2011
Officials tasked with helping heal Grand Lake St. Marys plan to revamp a piece of equipment to better use its strengths. Lake Improvement Association President Tim Lovett revealed to members of the...
08/17/2011
They're talking about something strange in Grand Lake St. Marys this summer, and it's not algae. She's about three-fourths the size of an elephant, with a serpent's body and a big back hump. Her feet...
08/10/2011
The Lake Improvement Association today unveiled a new, mythical mascot for Grand Lake St. Marys:  the Hoedag, a rather unique creature that has been rumored to lurk in the shallow waters of the...
08/10/2011
  Toxic algae plaguing Ohio's largest inland lake has created a negative public image that organizations and residents in the area are determined to change as they work to draw tourists back....
08/10/2011
A class action lawsuit blaming local farmers for Grand Lake's poor water quality may be moving forward. Two meetings were held in Celina on Tuesday for invited lake business owners and residents...
08/10/2011
Everyone has an opinion about conventional tillage versus no-till. Ohio State University Extension, in conjunction with the Natural Resource Conversation Service and the Ohio No-till Council have...
08/10/2011
  The Miami-Erie Canal is no longer in use, but towns from Miami to Henry counties soon will be connected via trails along its towpath. Each community is realizing the importance of...
08/04/2011
YSI Inc. shows ABC 22 how the new water quality monitoring sensors in Grand Lake St. Marys work.  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO
08/04/2011
The roar of the engines and the plumes of water shooting skyward are the exciting sights and sounds you won’t want to miss. World Championship Inboard Hydroplane Racing comes to Celina, Ohio,...
08/04/2011
Boaters, skiers and anglers have come back to Grand Lake in recent weeks - a welcome site to area businesses. While the fear of being on the water has subsided compared to last year when a thick,...
08/02/2011
It's not too late to play in the Bar Stool Open!  The 11th Annual Lake Improvement Association Bar Stool Open will be held at from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 2011.  Come By...
07/28/2011
VIEW THE LIA GOLF OUTING PHOTO ALBUM Thirty-four teams turned out for the first annual LIA Golf Outing, held Saturday, July 16, at Northmoor Golf Course on Grand Lake St. Marys.  Winning team...
07/26/2011
The 2011 Celina Lake Festival was a resounding success, despite the heat.  The Lake Improvement Association sponsored the popular Chippewa Lake Water Ski Show Team (shown here in a photo by Mark...
07/26/2011
Videos and news coverage of the Amphicars that splashed down in Grand Lake St. Marys during the 2011 Celina Lake Festival.    From Bob Blake, the Lima News: The crowd gathers along the...
07/20/2011
Grand Lake St. Marys is OPEN for business, and the Lake Improvement Association is celebrating by sponsoring the Chippewa Lake Water Ski Team during the 2011 Celina Lake Festival.   LEARN MORE...
07/20/2011
The Lake Improvement Association is seeking judges for the Bar Stool Open, Saturday, July 6.  Have a great time for a great cause! Judges needed at Rustic Haven and at Sidetracks (formerly...
07/20/2011
From WCSM Radio: THE OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD TO 2012 AND THE ON-GOING EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE WATER QUALITY OF GRAND LAKE ST. MARYS.  EPA DIRECTOR SCOTT...
07/20/2011
After last year's races were shut down because of poor water conditions, the annual Celina Governors Cup Regatta will return to Grand Lake St. Marys this summer. The free event is hosting the 2011...
07/18/2011
Ohio Public-Private Partnership Delivers Data on Grand Lake St. Marys :New Website:  www.livelakedata.com To assist in the ongoing battle against toxic algae in Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio EPA...
07/18/2011
Ed’s Landing & Dance Hall, located west side of Montezuma Bay, 1940’s. GLSM History Special:  Remember the South Side Landings? By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County...
07/15/2011
Diversified Pond Supplies recently gave a presentation about how bubble tubing might be a solution to issues at Grand Lake St. Marys.  The presentation, complete with text and graphics, is...
07/08/2011
THIS YEAR’S ALUM TREATMENT ON GRAND LAKE SAINT MARYS IS FINISHED, HOWEVER, GRAND LAKE SAINT MARYS STATE PARK MANAGER BRIAN MILLER PLANS TALK TO STATE OFFICIALS ABOUT FUTURE ALUM TREATMENTS....
07/08/2011
Despite the heat, large crowds were on hand for this year's Freedom Days celebration along Grand Lake. "We had some nice crowds Friday and Saturday. Sunday it was so hot ... attendance was...
07/08/2011
The toxin standard adopted for warning swimmers to avoid Ohio lakes is more than three times more lenient than initially proposed after some officials warned that unwarranted stringency could have...
07/08/2011
Watch the WHIO-TV video titled:  "Alum Treatment Completed"
07/08/2011
Hope floats: Lake businesses improving: wdtn.com Just as the waves of water gently lap against the banks of Grand Lake St. Marys, so to are the waves of people slowly returning to the shore....
07/08/2011
Battelle researchers will help in the fight against the toxic blue-green algae plaguing Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio. The Columbus-based research giant announced yesterday that it was awarded...
07/08/2011
After a 27-year exemption, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will begin paying its share for maintenance along Beaver Creek, where water flows from Grand Lake. ODNR officials - who...
07/06/2011
Watch the WHIOTV video "Have Visitors Returned to the Lake?"
07/06/2011
Watch the WHIOTV Video "A Fourth of July Visit to Grand Lake St. Marys"
07/06/2011
Columbus-based Batelle will conduct $50,000 study to find best treatment methods for Grand Lake St. Marys.  CLICK TO LISTEN
07/06/2011
State lawmakers voted to keep funding in place to build a marina at Caesar Creek Lake, while using capital funds toward fixing the toxic algae problem at Grand Lake St. Marys. With $4 million...
06/28/2011
A few acres of farmland west of town could be the future of Celina and the lake upon which it depends. Officials broke ground Thursday on what will eventually be the Celina Renewable Energy Center, a...
06/28/2011
Commentary by Outdoor Columnist Jim Morris, posted on Examiner.com: As much as I have pushed and cajoled, pleaded and implored about the massive water quality problems at Grand Lake St. Marys for the...
06/22/2011
The Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission announced today its support for language in the Senate version of the State Budget Bill (Am. Sub. H.B. 153) that would provide the Auglaize and Mercer...
06/22/2011
Thanks to the senate budget bill, those trying to clean Grand Lake St. Marys may be getting a helping hand. The Grand  Lake St. Marys restoration commission announced their support for...
06/22/2011
Sen. Brown Announces SBA Disaster Loans for Western Ohio Counties Affected by Algae in Grand Lake St. Marys Ohioans Affected by Toxic Algae Bloom in Grand Lake St. Marys can Receive Financial Support...
06/22/2011
Grand Lake St. Marys is getting national attention as companies compete to treat the algae problem. Crews are using alum to treat the lake. The goal is to increase clarity in the lake and to reduce...
06/20/2011
WCSM Radio interviews Sen. Faber, Rep. Buchy, and CVB Exec. Director Donna Grube regarding a proposed state budget provision that would create a hybrid entity to manage Grand Lake St. Marys issues at...
06/20/2011
A local state senator says he hopes three provisions he fought to include in the biennial budget aimed at helping Grand Lake St. Marys make it to the governor’s desk. State Sen. Keith Faber...
06/20/2011
Think you've spotted some wicked algae in your favorite public pond or lake? Want someone to check to make sure it's safe to swim, boat or fish there? All you have to do is determine turbidity and...
06/17/2011
A third of Ohio’s farmland is loaded with too much phosphorus that comes from farm fertilizers and livestock manure and is known to feed algae that have become a growing problem in Lake Erie...
06/17/2011
Celina natives and contestants on the new reality show “Expedition Impossible” are selling shirts to benefit Grand Lake St. Marys. Shirts, with the show's logo and contestant's team...
06/17/2011
Data, not emotion, will determine course of work Shock and helplessness enveloped the community a year ago when thick algae...
06/17/2011
"Protecting the lakes is of special concern to residents of northeast Indiana given the many lakes in the region and the tourism dollars those lakes attract. Ask the residents of Grand Lake...
06/16/2011
The Ohio EPA has launched a "one stop shop" for information regarding algae and algal toxins in Ohio waterways.  The state has also released definitions for its 2011 advisory levels....
06/16/2011
Grand Lake St Marys-Feel free to boat and fish SIGNS ADVISE AGAINST DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE WATER ON GRAND LAKE SAINT MARYS. HOWEVER, FISHING AND BOATING IS STILL ALLOWED. DINA PIERCE IS WITH THE...
06/16/2011
Dayton Daily News Outdoor Columnist Jim Morris' fishing report for GLSM: Grand Lake St. Marys: Fishing continues to be very good for crappies, catfish and bluegills and the bass are beginning to...
06/15/2011
Milt Miller, Fund Raising Chairman of the Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission, is shown accepting a check for $6,000 from Donna Temple, owner of Sunny Side Inn. Sunny Side Inn held a Carp...
06/15/2011
Pictured (left to right): Greg Cooper, Cooked Meats Plant Manager: Brian Miller, Park Manager for Grand Lake St. Marys; Glenn Cobb, Deputy Director ODNR: Milt Miller, GLSM Commission Fund Raising...
06/14/2011
Grand Lake St. Marys near Celina, Ohio is a peaceful and serene place, filled with wildlife.  Bob Sachs purchased a home there to enjoy those very things, but toxic algae blooms and fish...
06/14/2011
Caesar Creek marina plan on hold Shift of $4M for Grand Lake St. Marys, instead of marina at Caesar Creek, is in state budget. Plans to build a multi-million dollar marina at Caesar Creek Lake are...
06/14/2011
State officials might warn people to avoid swimming in toxic algae at Ohio lakes this summer, but they won't tell them to keep their boats or fishing lines out of the water. The state today released...
06/14/2011
From The Plain Dealer's "Outdoor Insider" columnis D'Arcy Egan: Grand Lake St. Marys in Western Ohio is a major mess that has legislators, state officials and Ohio boating groups...
06/13/2011
Worse case Grand Lake St. Marys, located near Celina in northwest Ohio, is the other lake with an advisory and faces much worse conditions than Buckeye Lake. Brian Miller, manager of Grand Lake St...
06/09/2011
2011 Get The Carp Outta Here Tournament Winners - Final List  Tournament Total  Winners:     Weight Prize Big Fish         ...
06/07/2011
A local lake restoration group is in the process of whittling down a large list of possible solutions to help it in its fight to heal Grand Lake St. Marys. “There are approximately 50 to 55...
06/06/2011
Anglers & Bow Hunters Answer the Call to Help Clean Grand Lake St. Marys We asked folks to help “Get the Carp Outta Here” and boy did they ever!!  The first annual LRC carp...
06/06/2011
Officials with a firm that conducted a test project last year on Grand Lake St. Marys say they plan to maintain a local presence to further their research. On Wednesday, officials from Algaeventure...
06/03/2011
Today, was the first day of a month-long effort to temporarily stop the toxic algae blooms from taking over a popular recreation lake. A nearly 3.5 million dollar state contract was awarded to a...
06/03/2011
Ohio is beginning an aggressive attack on toxic algae that spoiled the summer of 2010's tourism at the state's largest inland lake. Beginning Thursday, most of Grand Lake St. Marys will be sprayed...
06/03/2011
Photo credit Dave Shaner via Facebook Sunny skies and above average temperatures led to a busy holiday weekend at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park — a trend one park official says he...
06/03/2011
Karen Vandeneeden lives on the shore of Grand Lake St. Marys and jokingly refers to it as her "front yard." She says she loves to fish, but won't eat her catch -- although it's not out of...
05/31/2011
Milt Miller, Fund Raising Chairman of the Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission, is shown accepting a check for $500 from Vic Cathcart, Shingle Shack, and Manager.  Shingle Shack recently...
05/31/2011
Those keeping an eye on the water quality of Ohio's lakes say they expect toxic blue-green algae will make a comeback this summer. The Columbus Dispatch reports that warning signs were posted last...
05/31/2011
Announcing the first annual LIA Golf Outing!  Have a blast saving Grand Lake St. Marys - save our lake on the links! DOWNLOAD YOUR SIGN UP SHEET 1st Annual LIA Golf Outing Saturday, July 16,...
05/26/2011
Dan Bills, Steve Knapke, Dan Winner, Angie Baldauf, Marv Tuente, Milt Miller, Terry Tuente, Linda May.  Not available for picture:  Gary Rose, Harry Heitkamp, Jack Heyne, Tony Wolf, Dave...
05/26/2011
The first line of defense against Grand Lake's toxic blue-green algae is preparing to launch. A Nebraska company Tuesday began mobilizing equipment at the West Bank boat ramp area to apply 2.6...
05/26/2011
Despite a wetter than normal spring, staff at Grand Lake St. Marys are gearing up for what is expected to be a busy weekend. “It’s the first jewel in the triple crown for us,” Grand...
05/26/2011
Area residents gathered Saturday morning for an informational session concerning Grand Lake St. Marys. The Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission (LRC) held a public presentation detailing the...
05/26/2011
From Dayton Daily News contributing writer Jim Morris' Fishing Report for May 26, 2011: Grand Lake St. Marys: Despite the no-swimming alert from the EPA, fishing continues to be good. Anglers are...
05/25/2011
Solar energy provider and developer Solarvision, LLC, presented the Ohio city of Celina with a check for $600,000 this month as solar licensing fees to erect a 3 megawatt solar energy field on the...
05/25/2011
Scientists at MIT, Tel Aviv University and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory say they've found a way to use algae to make four times as much fuel as before. Many types of algae and...
05/20/2011
The algal bloom reported May 19 on Grand Lake St. Marys is no cause for panic, says Lake Improvement Association President Tim Lovett. Recent heavy rains coupled with the fact that the first major...
05/20/2011
State of Ohio officials Thursday advised visitors to Grand Lake St. Marys to refrain from swimming, wading through visible scum or swallowing lake water because of an algal bloom. In a news release,...
05/20/2011
The weather is warming and recreational visitors will soon be frequenting the Grand Lake Region.  This week, the state has recommended caution at the West, East and Camp beaches.  Testing...
05/19/2011
Thank you to all of our teams for their outstanding submissions to the contest! Your winners are: Best Video (voted by the public), $200 to team, $500 to team's school Team: Leadership Team, Celina...
05/19/2011
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller recently warned boaters of new hazards on the lake: Boaters also should be mindful of a number of new buoys and posts scattered throughout the...
05/19/2011
A local lake group discussed the results of two projects it operated through a federal grant. During the Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance’s Joint Board meeting Tuesday morning, Watershed...
05/13/2011
Businesses battle back after algae outbreak: wdtn.com Toxic conditions at Grand Lake St. Marys have poisoned profits for companies who rely on the lake to stay afloat. Now, small business owners...
05/13/2011
This letter was penned by Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Scott Frey regarding the issues faced by Grand Lake St. Marys-area businesses: The Chamber Voice As we...
05/11/2011
Weigh-in volunteers are needed for the upcoming Get The Carp Outta Here Carp Derby, to be held June 3 to 5, 2011.  Click here for full Carp Derby details. Weigh-in volunteers are needed at the...
05/11/2011
READ THE FULL ARTICLE (Local Fund for Extension Finally Gains Steam)   The jar of water at left is runoff from a field with cover crops and the jar at right is from a conventionally-tilled...
05/11/2011
The deputy director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Saturday morning gave members of a local lake group an update regarding an alum treatment for Grand Lake St. Marys. Glen Cobb, who...
05/09/2011
WHIO TV recently covered the rough fish removal at Grand Lake St. Marys.  WATCH THE VIDEO
05/09/2011
Harmful Algal Blooms 2010: Synopsis and Insight View more presentations from lakeimprovement.
05/07/2011
State Moving Forward with Modified Grand Lake St. Marys Alum Treatment Plan The State of Ohio is moving forward with plans to treat Grand Lake St. Marys this spring with aluminum sulfate and a...
05/04/2011
IMPORTANT:   LIA Meeting Notice   The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Lake Improvement Association will be held Saturday May 7th, at 10:00 am at the Moose Lodge in Celina. Vital...
05/04/2011
Go ahead and put your boat into Grand Lake. You won't have to take it out until fall no matter what happens with the algae. The state will not advise against boating on Grand Lake this summer -...
05/03/2011
Rough Fish Removal at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Grand Lake St. Marys State Park continues to operate trap nets to remove rough fish from the lake. The operation has removed over 4 tons (8,000...
05/03/2011
Wright State University students Brittney Blakely, Anthony DiMuccio, Nathan Dronen, Gail Frasier, Alan Grimm, JeRome Lee, Danielle Queen, Nicole Seissinger, and Travis Willis assembled barley straw...
04/29/2011
Help Save Our Lake Sunnyside Carp Derby When:  Saturday, May 14, 2011 Where:  Sunnyside Inn Time:  1:00 p.m. DOWNLOAD FLYER AND ENTRY FORM Proceeds to Benefit Grand Lake St. Marys...
04/26/2011
Grand Lake St. Marys “Get the Carp Outta Here!” Fishing Tournament June 3-5, 2011 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER Join in for your share of more than $2,000 in cash & prizes!
04/26/2011
An organization is forming to help Grand Lake Watershed farmers find solutions to manage their manure.   The yet unnamed group will be facilitated by the Marion Community Development...
04/26/2011
Outdoor enthusiast and journalist Jim Morris covers the de-carping of Grand Lake St. Marys and examines the reasons for it here.    I don’t know about you, but I have never been much...
04/26/2011
Guest blogger Allison Brady recently educated followers of the blog "View From The Lockkeeper's House" about the impact of phosphorus.  The blog recognizes that: "One hundred...
04/26/2011
The following video was posted by Ohio DNR on YouTube, and features footage shot during the recent alum tests. 
04/25/2011
Groups from Grand Lake St. Marys area high schools recently submitted their videos to the "Save The Hoedag" Video Contest.  We have four amazing videos that highlight the amazing...
04/25/2011
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park issues a reminder that private dock fees are due by May 1st to avoid a late fee assessment. These fees as well as the other fees collected by the Park are used to...
04/25/2011
Annual Lake Clean Up Day BIGGER & BETTER at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in conjunction with the Lake Improvement Association and the Grand Lake Wabash...
04/14/2011
State workers collected more than 3,000 pounds of mostly rough fish from Grand Lake on Wednesday. High winds Tuesday made the lake too choppy for workers to empty the six nets placed Monday on the...
04/11/2011
Some alum updates missed during our webmaster's absence: Second alum study to begin The state is on schedule to start a second alum study Tuesday at three sites on Gand Lake, weather permitting,...
04/08/2011
Alum treatment tests conducted this week yielded clear water at both Grand Lake St. Marys St. Park Campground and Windy Point test sites, said GLSM State Park Manager Brian Miller.  The water...
04/07/2011
Grand Lake St. Marys once again is the site of an experiment that state officials hope will help keep toxic algae at bay this summer. Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials were at the 13,000...
04/06/2011
The state has begun the second set of pilot testing alum treatment at Grand Lake St. Marys. A contractor hired by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources began work in the Kozy Marina channel on...
04/04/2011
Lake Improvement Association (LIA) members, who met Saturday morning heard updates on the lake, as well as a message from another guest speaker concerning lake cleanup. As a part of a continuing...
04/04/2011
A U.S. senator says Grand Lake St. Marys continues to remain on his agenda as he closes out the first quarter of his first term in Washington. Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman addressed a handful...
04/04/2011
A feeling of cautious optimism is working its way around the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys as state agencies gear up for an aggressive attack on conditions that led to a cyanobacteria outbreak...
04/04/2011
In an article titled "Business as usual in Lake Erie with similar limits," published by the Toledo Blade, Outdoors Editor Steve Pollick states of Lake Erie: "...big problems such as...
03/31/2011
The state plans to spend an additional $750,000 in its battle against the toxic blue-green algae that has kept visitors away from Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio. The money, part of a two-year...
03/30/2011
Dear L.I.A. Member, An increase in membership enhances our resources and our ability to gain the support of state and local legislators. These resources, combined with legislative support, can help...
03/30/2011
On March 21, Ohio Department of Natural Resources responded to public comments and questions regarding Grand Lake St. Marys, its treatment, and its future. Response to Comments Applicant’s...
03/29/2011
Annual Lake Clean Up Day BIGGER and BETTER at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in conjunction with the Lake Improvement Association and the Grand Lake Wabash Watershed...