The Ohio Department of Higher Education has awarded $3.5 million in funding for 21 more projects in its ongoing Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative. Some involve scientists from CFAES.
CFAES’s second annual Precision University will show farmers new ways to apply fertilizer that (1) keep it from running off the land, getting into water and possibly feeding harmful algal blooms; and (2) give them more bang for their fertilizer buck.
Harmful algal blooms in rivers and streams are neither well-understood nor easily predicted, and CFAES researchers are hoping to change that. (Photo: Study leader Mazeika Sullivan in the Olentangy River by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)
Jeff Reutter, special advisor to Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program, and Jay Martin, a CFAES ecological engineer, commented on Ohio’s recently released Domestic Action Plan 1.0 in a Nov. 19 Columbus Dispatch story. The new plan is part of a bi-national effort to fight Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms.
— WOSU News (@wosunews) September 19, 2017
NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory has posted some stunning aerial photos, taken Sept. 20, of a harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie. You can see more, too, from Sept. 14 (the fifth one down, among many, may smack your gob) and Aug. 14.
A new federally funded study, involving Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program and Stone Laboratory and led by the lab’s research coordinator, Justin Chaffin, aims to predict the toxicity of Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms, according to a story last week in the Sandusky Register. (Photo: 2015 western Lake Erie algal bloom, Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant, via Flickr.)
Toledo Blade staff writer Tom Henry, interviewing CFAES scientists Jay Martin and Jiyoung Lee, among others, reported on last Thursday’s “State of the Science” algal bloom conference in Toledo.
Reporter Ben Cathey covered the conference, too, and interviewed Jay Martin, for Toledo’s WTVG-TV (with video).
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.