Algae battle is a challenge

Science is still trying to catch up with the increase in toxic blooms

Finding a solution to algae pollution in Lake Erie and elsewhere is rather like the moon shot of water quality. It carries less glamour and drama than the decade-long Apollo program, perhaps, but it will require similar effort, ingenuity and patience.
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Getting things done for Ohio in 2014

By U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
R-Ohio

Sen. Rob Portman

This past week, I hosted one of our monthly telephone town hall meetings with thousands of Ohioans from all walks of life and also had an employee town hall in northeast Ohio with factory workers, administrative staff, and executives.

There were lots of points of view but also a common thread to much of what I heard. Ohioans are tired of gridlock in Washington, and they want Congress to get things done that help them and their families.

I agree with them, and that’s why I’ve worked again this past year with folks on both sides of the aisle to accomplish important things for the people of Ohio, even in a very partisan atmosphere. Continue reading

Big Data Arrives on a Small Lake in Vermont

Posted by Lisa Borre

A blue-green algae bloom on Shelburne Pond in late July. (Photo by Lisa Borre.)

While visiting Vermont in late July, I took a day to catch up with colleagues who are studying lakes. University of Vermont (UVM) Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory director Jason Stockwell arranged for me to go out on a sampling run with two interns. Our destination was Shelburne Pond, a shallow lake located about ten miles south of Burlington. Continue reading

EPA Awards Additional GLRI Funding to Federal and State Agencies to Expand Efforts to Target Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

CHICAGO – U.S Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds totaling over $3.1 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to target harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Continue reading