Over the past few years, Grand Lake St. Marys has handled its share of problems-- starting in 2009 with the state issuing warnings about toxic algal blooms.
Now state officials, lake supporters and community members are coming together to solve the problem. The deputy director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources believes learning to form those partnerships is an important skill for all watershed officials.
"I think it is key. We've got to work with the people, work with the community to solidify around the issue and develop a plan and work the plan to get it implemented," said Karl Gebhardt, deputy director, ODNR.
Algae problems are popping up at more and more bodies of water across the state, country, and world. Phil Martin is coordinator of the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership. His agency is also working on ways to improve water quality.
"You know it's going to effect everyone the same way," said Martin.
Over the course of two days participants will tour the area. The goal is for attendees to take home some lessons they can use in their own watersheds.
Milt Miller, manager of the Lake Restoration Commission, says all watershed must work together.
"Learn from us. We'll do all we can to help you," said Miller.
The conference is held at a different location each year so participants can learn about research and programs coming out of each section of the state.