Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative

A satellite image of Lake Erie taken on March 27.

The Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative; a 2015 research report conducted by University of Toledo, Defiance College, Bowling Green State University, Heidelberg University, University of Akron, Kent State University, The Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati in conjunction with the Ohio Sea Grant and the Lake Erie Commission; was recently released to the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

The initiative states that after the Toledo water crisis in August of 2014, the Ohio Department of Higher Education allocated $2 million to Ohio universities for research to solve the harmful algal bloom problem in Lake Erie. The funding was then matched by participating universities for a total of more than $4 million.

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Lake Erie Farm Forum to be held February 17

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District and Ottawa County Farm Bureau are hosting the Lake Erie Farm Forum on February 17 beginning at 10 a.m. The event will be held at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. Speakers for the event include cover crop guru David Brandt, Ohio State researcher Dr. Libby Dayton and Dr. Larry Antosh of the Ohio Farm Bureau. Farmers, landowners and the general public are invited to attend by contacting the Ottawa SWCD 419-898-1595 to reserve their spot.

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Lake Erie Progressive Island Party

On Saturday, Feb. 20, The Orchard restaurant and the Catawba Island Club are holding a Lake Erie Progressive Island Party to benefit the Lake Erie Improvement Association. The casual, island themed party will begin at The Orchard and then move to Catawba Island Club.

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