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.)

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.

Boosting BMPs

What’s keeping some farmers from changing their fertilization practices—changes aimed at reducing nutrient runoff and improving Lake Erie’s water quality? Skepticism more than anything else, CFAES behavioral scientist Robyn Wilson said in a recent story.

What’s the solution? Wilson speaks on the subject (“Designing Policies and Programs to Increase BMP Adoption Rates”) Sept. 12 at the Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science conference in Toledo. Registration runs through Sept. 6.

They’re turning things bluer and greener

Thirteen Ohio boat marinas earned Ohio Clean Marinas certification for their environmental efforts in 2018. Read the story.

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a partnership between Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Find out more. (Photo: Lake Erie off of Cleveland, Getty Images.)