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Ohio Sea Grant to Study Lake Erie Algal Blooms

02-Oct-2017

Dr. Justin Chaffin, research scientist for The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant, along with partners across Ohio and Michigan, has received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study what causes Lake Erie algal blooms to become toxic. The study, which will incorporate both computer modeling and hands-on laboratory experiments, is focused on providing more guidance to water utilities on when they should plan to treat drinking water for algal toxins.

The NOAA grant of $248,413 supports the first year of this new research project, part of an anticipated total $749,525 pending availability of future agency funding. The project is funded through the Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms research program, administered by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in NOAA’s National Ocean Service.

For information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.

Photo courtesy of NOAA

 

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