There are “good signs that farmers are doing (their part) in reducing phosphorus” entering Lake Erie, Chris Winslow (pictured), director of Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program, said in a story in the Monroe (Michigan) News on Nov. 16.
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.
Ohio farmers who apply fertilizer on 50 or more acres now have the option to take an exam or attend a three-hour course to earn the required certification aimed at protecting water quality.
Scientists with CFAES are studying ways to curb three outputs from the back end of cows: methane gas, a potent climate change gas; and phosphorus and nitrogen in manure, both of which can pollute water.
Good for both farming and the planet? Darn tootin’.
— 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).