Environmental Protection Agency Surveys Great Lakes

Lake Guardian  Environmental Protection Agency researchers aboard the Lake Guardian visited Put-in-Bay this week.  Their visit included a stop at Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island.

“The R/V Lake Guardian conducts sampling surveys on all five Great Lakes during both the spring (late March, after ice break-up) and summer seasons. The spring survey monitors lake health during a time of low biological activity, when the lakes are well-mixed. The summer survey monitors lake health during the season of high biological activity, when the lakes are stratified. During these surveys, water, plankton and benthos samples are taken at designated stations throughout each lake. These monitoring surveys have been ongoing in the lakes since 1983, resulting in an exceptional long-term monitoring dataset for evaluating the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem through time.”Lake Guardian

Lake Erie Shores and Islands Informs Public about Fed Budget Cuts

Shores and IslandsThere has been a lot in the news lately regarding potential Federal budget cuts to programs that support several Great Lakes initiatives, including programs that directly affect local businesses and residents.

Here are a few points to be aware of:

  • Proposed budget cuts to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) would severely impact Old Woman Creek Research Reserve in Huron as 70% of its annual operating costs come from NOAA. Without that funding, Old Woman Creek Reserve would have to significantly reduce or eliminate many services and programs.
  • Old Woman Creek Reserve protects 573 acres and provides access to hiking, bird watching, canoeing and is home to the DeWine Center for Coastal Wetland Studies visitor center and beach access. Old Woman Creek Reserve provides public programs through its Estuary Explorations programming series and hosts field trips for several local schools.
  • Another proposed cut would eliminate a $73 million program called Sea Grant, which supports coastal research conducted through 33 university programs across the country. Ohio Sea Grant is directly responsible for the OSU Stone Laboratory and its research on Gibraltar Island.
  • Loss of funding for Ohio Sea Grant could pose a public health risk as academic research conducted by Ohio Sea Grant is responsible for the reduction of risk to public health (clean beaches and improved water treatment) by helping water treatment plants more efficiently remove harmful algal bloom toxins, track algal bloom movement and toxicity, and measure the potential impacts of toxins after exposure.

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