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August, 2021

Common Strategy for Smart Great Lakes

This notion of using technology to make describing our environment “smarter” inspired the vision
for Smart Great Lakes. It catalyzed a network of partners across the Great Lakes region to organize around common goals and priorities to improve the way people learn about and respond to lake events, to inform critical policy, and to direct future science and innovation

June 9, 2021

Western Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Projection

The severity of the western Lake Erie cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom (HAB) depends on input of bioavailable phosphorus from the Maumee River during the loading season (March 1 - July 31). 

February 24, 2021

Strong interest in phosphorus reduction program that aims to reduce blue-green algae

Interest in participating in the McGregor and Jeannettes Creek Phosphorus Reduction Program, which aims to reduce blue-green algae in area waterways, is exceeding the available funding. There’s been a steady increase in demand from different farmers and farm businesses to implement projects in both these watersheds, said Colin Little, agricultural program co-ordinator with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority.

February 19, 2021

Release of nutrients from lake-bottom sediments worsens Lake Erie's annual 'dead zone,' coild intensify as climate warms

December 17, 2020

Managing warming waters in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

The binational governing body that oversees the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, the International Joint Commission (IJC) recently hosted presentations to address issues related to warming water. 

October 2020

International Joint Commission’s Report on Oversight of Animal Feeding Operations for Manure Management in the Great Lakes

Runoff from manure on agricultural fields—both surface and via field tiles—contributes significantly to nutrient loadings to the Great Lakes and is making the problem of harmful algal blooms more serious. This situation is exacerbated by increased frequency of extreme precipitation events which leads to increased runoff of excess nutrients from agricultural land.

October 27, 2020

Phosphorus removal structure construction and free P-TRAP application

Featuring Dr. Chad Penn and a team of engineers and technicians. P-TRAP is a free software developed by the USDA ARS allowing non-engineers to design and build P filters, which can significantly decrease phosphorus runoff from farm fields, reducing harmful surface water eutrophication and algal blooms, as demonstrated in this video. The video is being distributed to farmers and organizations across the United States by the US Department of Agriculture.

August 25, 2017

Phosphorus moves differently in Ontario versus Ohio 

By - John Greig, Country Guide - Canadian researchers have discovered that phosphorous in Ontario soils near the Great Lakes move through the soil in a different way compared to farms on the U.S. side. Now it’s a matter of looking at the best management practices for farmers on both sides of the border to help reduce phosphorous runoff.

August 25, 2017

Design for Riser Inlet Phosphorus Treatment System

The following report presents the design of a phosphorus treatment system for riser inlets used in agriculture. Riser inlets provide a direct route for agricultural surface water runoff to enter the tile drainage system, bypassing natural filtration barriers such as the soil 

August 25, 2020

Inventory of Agri-Environmental Projects in Ontario Addressing Phosphorus Runoff

May 30, 2017

Data Used to Determine Phosphorus Reduction Target on Lake Erie

June 1, 2020

Introduction to Bluewater Pipe

August 5, 2017

Interview with Tony Kime of Bluewater Pipe

October 2015

Economic Benefits of Reducing Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

June 27, 2017

Steering Committee Meeting #3

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