On Thursday evening, several members of the Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board attended a presentation at the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center located in the former Wanakah Works building on Route 5 in Hamburg. The guest speaker for the evening was former Assemblyman, and sport fishing advocate, Dick Smith. Smith gave an informative talk on the history of Lake Erie. Smith noted on several occasions that Lake Erie, as well as all the Great Lakes, are a treasure. Smith, who is in his 70's, talked with the energy of a man half his age and had a wealth of knowledge of how the Great Lakes were formed. I was surprised to learn that while drilling for oil the exploration companies hit salt. In fact over 35 percent of the salt utilized commercially in our area is mined and produced from the Great Lakes. Lake Erie, as many of you readers are probably aware, is the shallowest of the Great Lakes with the deepest point around 200 feet deep. Lake Huron would be next at 750 feet deep followed by Lake Michigan at 920 feet then Lake Ontario over 1,000 feet and Lake Superior over 13,000 feet deep.