CFAES sustainability news, July 23, 2021

National Geographic, July 22; featuring Mazeika Sullivan, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Marion Star, July 18; Whitney Gherman, OSU Extension

Cleveland.com, July 16; featuring Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Laboratory

Sunny news: Smaller Lake Erie algal bloom predicted

From a press release today from our CFAES colleagues who work for Ohio Sea Grant:

“NOAA and its research partners are forecasting that western Lake Erie will experience a smaller-than-average harmful algal bloom this summer.”

“A relatively dry spring will lead to a repeat of last year’s mild bloom—this is the first time in more than a dozen years that mild blooms have occurred in consecutive summers.”

Read the full press release. (Photo: Lake Erie, Getty Images.)

CFAES sustainability news, May 12, 2021

New York Times, May 5; featuring Marne Titchenell, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Toledo Blade (subscription required), May 2; Ohio State and CFAES research mentioned

Akron Beacon Journal, April 11; featuring Jeff Reutter, special advisor, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab

CFAES sustainability news, Nov. 4, 2020

Reforest to stop drought-flood syndrome, says World Food Prize laureate Rattan Lal

Forests News, Oct. 19; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)

From bin to beach: The realities of plastic waste and the Great Lakes region

Waste 360, Oct. 16; featuring Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant

Soil health the focus of World Food Prize winner’s research

Radio Iowa, Oct. 15; featuring Rattan Lal, SENR

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.

Read the story.

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