What will work to help the Great Lakes?

Callia Tellez, a spring graduate of CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources and a 2020 CFAES Distinguished Senior, presented “Conservation from the Local Level Up: A Lesson from the Farmers of the Great Lakes Basin” as a Spotlight Speaker in Ohio State’s annual Research and Innovation Showcase. The event, organized by the Office of Research and Corporate Engagement Office, was held this year as a series of virtual talks.

“We have the technical fix to nutrient runoff,” Tellez says in her presentation. “But what we’re missing is the connection between the solution and the people who need to make it happen.”

How can we make that connection? Watch the video above.

Algal bloom forecast to be moderate

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its research partners have forecast a moderate harmful algal bloom for western Lake Erie this summer.

The bloom is expected to measure 4.5 on the severity index—making it one of the smaller blooms since 2011—but could possibly range between 4 and 5.5, compared to 7.3 last year. An index above 5 indicates a more severe bloom.

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(Photo: Marblehead lighthouse, Lake Erie, Getty Images.)

An evening supporting our Lake Erie programs

You’re invited to spend An Evening with Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, partner Ohio State programs dedicated to studying, teaching about, and improving Lake Erie and water quality, from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus.

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What’s new in harmful algal bloom science

Chris Winslow, pictured, director of Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program and Stone Laboratory, will give a free public webinar called Harmful Algal Blooms: The Latest Science, featuring new and recent research on Lake Erie’s (generally) green seasonal slime, from 1–2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.

Find details and the link to watch. (Photo: Ohio Sea Grant.)

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.)

Thursday: Will farming changes be enough to meet Lake Erie’s phosphorus goal?

CFAES researchers will present “Evaluating Management Options to Reduce Lake Erie Algal Blooms With Models of the Maumee River Watershed” during a public press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. The event, the researchers say, will answer the question, “If agricultural landowners were to adopt a combination of feasible best management practices, could we reduce phosphorus enough to meet the targets set by the United States and Canada?”

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Lake Erie’s algal bloom was twice as bad as last year’s

This summer’s harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie was twice as severe as last year’s—7.3 compared to 3.6, respectively, on a severity index of 1–10—and was slightly less than 2017’s, which was rated at 8. That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a Nov. 4 story on cleveland.com. Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, was quoted in the story.

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Watch: For the health of the water

The Big Ten Network’s “Live B1G” series recently featured Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie. The lab—located on Gibraltar Island, which you can see in the bay from the Put-in-Bay docks or as you enter the bay by boat—conducts research on water quality and teaches students about the lake, its water, and the creatures that rely on it, people included. You can watch the video above.