Stone Lab buoy has a live data feed to monitor water quality in Lake Erie. Environmental researchers rely on the Algal & Water Quality Lab to identify plankton, measure chlorophyll content and cyanobacteria toxins, analyze organic and inorganic suspended solids, and test for nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen.
A buoy, donated by Fondriest Environmental and upgraded with additional equipment through grant funding, helps Stone Lab staff monitor water conditions in Lake Erie’s western basin.
Pick Up Sticks
Yardworks begins their 27th season of ‘Working Hard on Island Yards’ by playing the annual game of Pick Up Sticks. Mother Nature trims her trees with winter’s winds, but never cleans up after herself. That’s where Yardworks steps in to clean up the winter debris she left behind. Contact Yardworks at 419-285-2147 or at yardworkspib “at” yahoo.com to schedule your spring cleanup.
Lake Erie Islands Conservancy promotes conservation and protection of natural and agricultural lands on the Lake Erie Islands. The fall 2019 edition of Island Green Scene, the conservancy’s quarterly newsletter, is available below in a Portable Document Format (PDF). The current edition highlights recent success stories and important upcoming events!
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.”