The problem with Great Lakes plastic pollution

Jill Bartolotta, pictured, Extension educator with Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program, discusses “The Problem With Plastic Pollution” from 6–7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Cuyahoga Community College’s (Tri-C) Westshore campus in Westlake near Cleveland. Admission to the event, which is part of Tri-C’s “Learning for Life” series, is free and open to the public.

Learn more. (Photo: Ohio Sea Grant.)

How climate change is affecting the Great Lakes

In areas from rainfall to lake levels, fish to algal blooms, shipping to agriculture, drinking water quality to public health, “Climate change is causing significant and far-reaching impacts on the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes region.”

That’s according to the science-based Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakesreleased last week by the nonprofit Environmental Law & Policy Center, based in Chicago, and the nonprofit Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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Face of nightmares

New details are available to you on the Asian carp species threatening the Great Lakes.

A new report by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network looks at the possible impacts if the carps invade the lakes, identifies gaps in what’s known about the fish, and provides extensive educational materials for teachers, scientists, anglers and others — anyone with an interest in keeping the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie, healthy — for communicating the threat to the public.

Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program is one of the network’s collaborators. Read Sea Grant’s press release about the report.

Download the report.

Shown here is a silver carp, one of the species in question. (Photo: Dan O’Keefe, Michigan Sea Grant.)

CFAES researcher helping study conservation incentives, farming practices

CFAES’s Robyn Wilson (pictured) is part of a new $750,000 project to determine whether conservation incentives provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are meeting one of their goals: to get more farmers to adopt measures that preserve water quality. Read the story.

Can we keep our trash out of the Great Lakes?

There’s a conference tomorrow in Cleveland on how to eliminate marine debris (plastic trash and more) in the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie. It’s closed to the public, but there’s a second, public event planned for early 2017 to talk about goals developed during the conference. Elizabeth Miller writing for the Great Lakes Today website of WBFO, Buffalo, New York, has the story.

The story quotes, among others, Jill Bartolotta of the Ohio State-based Ohio Sea Grant program.

‘A victory for the Great Lakes’?

“Canada’s ouster of conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper will likely be seen by many as a victory for the Great Lakes,” writes Toledo Blade environmental writer Tom Henry in his Ripple Effects blog. Included are details from Jeff Reutter of Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab programs on the changing nature of the sources of Lake Erie’s phosphorus pollution. Read the post.

Today at noon: How coastal communities can plan for changing Great Lakes water levels

How to plan for lake level changesDoug Marcy and Brandon Krumwiede of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management present “Mapping and Visualizing Lake Level Changes for the U.S. Great Lakes” from noon to 1 p.m. today, May 19, in a free webinar hosted by Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team. The focus: NOAA’s Lake Level Viewer, a planning tool for coastal communities. Get webinar details and register here.