Kaptur Announces $1.77 Million Great Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom Research

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, announced $1,777,440 in federal funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support five Great Lakes harmful algal bloom (HAB) research projects.

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences and Integrated Ocean Observing System Office have awarded funding to initiate one new HAB research project, and continue four existing research projects. These research projects will provide a better understanding of the causes and impacts of HABs, enhance HAB monitoring and response, and improve technologies for preventing, controlling, and mitigating HAB events.

“Addressing the health, economic, and environmental impacts wrought by Harmful Algal Blooms is essential for the long-term wellbeing of our Great Lakes region, said Rep. Kaptur. “This mission requires an all of government, community-wide response commensurate with the size and scope of the challenge – and we are grateful to be able to deliver this federal funding for the benefit of our region.”

“Continued support of NOAA and NOAA-funded projects to address the human health impacts of harmful algal blooms is essential for our ability to translate research findings into real-world applications,” said Dr. Jason Huntley, Associate Professor in the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Sciences. “We previously found that native freshwater bacteria from Lake Erie can destroy toxins produced during harmful algal blooms. It takes time and grant support to prove that this technology can be safely and cost effectively used for water filtration to protect human health.”

A breakdown of the NOAA funding awards is below.

Continuing Awards

  • $715,992 for the University of Toledo to develop and test the use of microcystin degrading bacteria to remove and degrade HAB toxins from drinking water.
  • $323,191 for the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Ohio State University, University of Michigan Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, LimnoTech, Inc., and MBio Diagnostics, Inc. to create portable cyanotoxin detection technology for use by citizen scientists and decision makers.
  • $200k for the Great Lakes Observing System to upgrade existing instrumentation in the Great Lakes to improve telemetry and HAB data integration.
  • $303,503 for Bowling Green State University, State University of New York, and MBio Diagnostics to enhance existing technology for rapid, portable, multiplexed detection of harmful algal toxins in the Great Lakes.

New Award

$234,754 for the University of Michigan Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, Louisiana State University, and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to enhance the capabilities of the 3rd generation Environmental Sample Processor for HAB toxin detection through integration with an Autonomous Surface Vehicle.

Lake Erie Solo Challenge Not for Faint of Heart

Jack Tar, 4014 Tartan 40

Glass Pony, USA 25649 First 35

Shock & All, USA 42058 Shock 35

Cheeky, 433 Tartan 37c








Four intrepid sailors depart Put-in-Bay today to take part in The Lake Erie Solo Challenge.  Jeff Marshall aboard Jack Tar, Jason Huffman aboard Glass Pony, Russel Krock aboard Shock & All, and Jake Thomas aboard Cheeky.

Vessel tracking is available HERE!

The race begins 10am on Saturday, 14 August 2021, with a start off of North Cape Yacht Club near Monroe, Michigan.  The fleet proceeds past Pelee Island, Ontario, and eastward to a rounding of the Seneca Shoal Light near Buffalo, NY. Thence on to a finish off Presque Isle Harbor at Erie, Pennsylvania.

The Great Lakes Single-handed Society (GLSS) is the organizing authority of the 2021 Lake Erie Solo Challenge.  The course measures 312 statute miles, and in terms of comparison to the other GLSS Challenges, it ranks fourth behind the Trans Superior Solo, the Lake Ontario Solo Challenge, and the Chicago to Mackinac Island Solo Challenge. 

The Challenge is open to single-hulled, selfrighting boats with permanent cruising accommodations, or
multi-hull boats with permanent cruising accommodations. Cruising accommodations consist of a marine toilet legal for Great Lake waters, a permanently installed bunk, and galley facilities.

Skippers are required to attempt to make radio contact with other skippers on VHF channel #72 every six (6) hours beginning at 2pm (1400hours) on the day of the Challenge start. Channel #72 is to be monitored for 30 minutes at the appropriate times. Radio contact with other skippers is to be logged noting time, position, and other pertinent information. This Radio Log will be made available at the skippers meeting, and is to be turned in at the finish. Skippers are required to maintain a boat’s log noting position and conditions with entries recommended at least every three (3) hours.