“We’re trying to find solutions to move the health of Lake Erie in the right direction, but at the same time, keep the ag industry vibrant,” said Chris Winslow, director of Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory programs, quoted in a March 16 story in the Port Clinton News Herald. He was speaking at the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Agricultural Community Breakfast on March 15, and was referring to the issue of agricultural phosphorus runoff, a cause of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie and other water bodies. Scientists with Ohio Sea Grant, CFAES, and other agencies and institutions are working to find ways to reduce that runoff.
Ohio State is recognizing World Water Day with a Water Awareness event from noon to 3 p.m. this Thursday, March 22, in Great Hall Meeting Room #2 in the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. on the Columbus campus. Some 16 programs from Ohio State and the Columbus area will share displays on their efforts to protect water.
Some of those programs are part of or have partners from CFAES. They include Ohio Sea Grant, the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, the InFACT Discovery Theme, the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Program, the Global Water Institute, and the TerrAqua student organization.
Admission is free and open to the public. Get details.
Discover Stone Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program through the eyes of three students from CFAES. Then, after you do, check out the rest of CFAES’s engaging new Stories website.
Stone Lab is Ohio State’s water science-focused campus on (and in) Lake Erie. (Photo: CFAES REU student Madeline Lambrix, Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)
The Ohio Clean Marinas Program, a voluntary certification program promoting environment- and water-friendly practices, recently recognized 10 newly certified or recertified marinas in the state.
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.
Interested in taking classes at Stone Lab, Ohio State’s Lake Erie island campus, this summer? There are scholarships available to help you pay for it. Apply by March 1 if you’re in college, March 14 if you’re in high school. Learn more.
A.G. Kawamura, who presents “Envisioning an Agricultural Renaissance” at 5 p.m. today at Ohio State in Columbus, talked about food security, water and farming’s future in an interview last year with the University of Nebraska’s Market Journal.
Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program is accepting applications through Feb. 16 for the 2018-2019 Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If selected, you’ll work with members of the Great Lakes science, policy and education communities to advance the region’s environmental and sustainability goals. Learn more.
Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, has four research aide jobs open. Two will help the lab’s research coordinator, including by collecting water samples by boat, helping run experiments and reporting data. One will run the Aquatic Visitors Center. One will work as a general research assistant, including on efforts to conserve the Lake Erie water snake.
CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources is hiring a program manager to help develop a new Ohio Water Quality Initiative.