Media advisory: NOAA’s Lake Erie harmful algal bloom forecast is July 13

Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant Program and Stone Laboratory will host a media briefing to announce NOAA’s 2017 Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast for Lake Erie. Media will have the opportunity to see laboratory demonstrations and participate in an on-the-water field experience.

The media event will be followed by a public webinar explaining NOAA’s 2017 Seasonal Forecast of Harmful Algal Blooms for Lake Erie, as well as the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI). The webinar will feature expert commentary, a discussion of the history of this issue on Lake Erie, as well as possible strategies to address the problem.


Media briefing, water quality lab demonstrations, Lake Erie water sampling boat trip, and public webinar led by regional and national experts to explain NOAA’s 2017 Lake Erie HABs forecast.


Thursday, July 13, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Reporters should take the Miller Ferry departing from Catawba Point at 8:00 or 8:30 a.m.  Stone Lab staff will meet the ferry and transport participants to the lab. A box lunch will follow.

  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Media briefing.
  • 10:30 to noon: Interviews with researchers.
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Box lunches and continued interviews.
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Hands-on research cruise and photo opportunities.


Speakers at the media briefing will include scientists from Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Stone Laboratory, NOAA, Heidelberg University, and other university researchers, such as:

  • Chris Winslow, PhD, director, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory.
  • Laura Johnson, PhD, research scientist, National Center for Water Quality Research, Heidelberg University.
  • Rick Stumpf, PhD, oceanographer, NOAA.


Stone Laboratory at Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant Program, Gibraltar Island, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 | Get Directions

Media RSVP

RSVP by 3 p.m. July 12 to Jill Jentes via email at or by calling 614-937-0072 for further details and directions.


Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant,, 614-937-0072.

Leslie Irwin, NOAA,, 240-533-0196.

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