MONROE FARMERS GREAT LAKES SAIL
Friday August 16, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sailing from the National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front St, Toledo, Ohio
8:45-9:00 Dockside Ship Safety Talk BaySail
Captain, Crew, and Shipboard Educators greet guests. Important safety procedures provide everything you need to know to make your Appledore IV experience safe and comfortable.
9:00-9:15 Cast Off!
The Appledore IV pulls away from the dock to begin our voyage.
Hoist the Sails! BaySail
With favorable winds and weather, guests help the Crew hoist the Appledore’s mighty sails.
9:15-9:30 Current Great Lakes Environmental Issues!
- Bay Sail Educators give an overview of the history and uses of Lake Erie, Great Lakes Areas of Concern and Beneficial Use Impairments, and phosphorus loading impacts on water resources.
- An overview of land use impacts on the Western Lake Erie Basin ecosystem. Best management practices to reduce agriculture-related nonpoint source contributions.
10:30-10:50 S.S. Lapointe Drain Watershed Improvement Plan
- River Raisin Institute presents the improvement plan for the S.S. Lapointe Drain Watershed. 9:50-10:05 How MAEAP Can Work for You
Hear about the benefits and process of becoming a MAEAP verified farm.
10:05-11:05 Science Sampling!
- Guests have the opportunity to assist BaySail Educators in withdrawing water samples, microscopic plankton, and benthos soil. Plankton will be studied under a microscope below deck while above deck the water samples are tested to gauge the water quality and effects of pollution on water resources.
11:05-11:15 Aquatic Invasive Species
- An overview of aquatic invasive species and their impact on water quality. 11:45 pm Make Fast! Return to the dock where Crew secures the dock lines to end the sail.
12:00 pm Lunch at National Museum of the Great Lakes
12:15-1:00 Drainage Water Management Dr. Ehsane Ghane (MSUE)
- Drainage water management and benefits to water quality.
Putting Agriculture Science into Practice!
Farmers of MAEAP Verified Farms describe the benefits of MAEAP to both the environmental integrity of the Great Lakes and Michigan Agriculture.