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Boost your environmental leadership

ELI bannerRegister by Aug. 20 for the 2014 workshop series by CFAES’s Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute. The series features three all-day programs in September, October and November plus several breakfast and dinner networking events in that time. The focus is on learning better ways to collaborate, engage stakeholders, set goals, make decisions, communicate science and more, all aimed at improving the state’s environmental sustainability. There’s online registration and payment.

What’s being done about water

image of clean waterFrom Toledo’s temporary drinking water ban to California’s record drought, water has been in the news a lot. If you’re a reporter or blogger, a recent media advisory gives a sampling of research and outreach by our college, plus contact details for the people in charge, to protect and improve Ohio’s water. (Photo: iStock.)

Photo feature: Roots rock

Muck Crops field day CFAES, OARDC,Bryan Kinnamon, left, and Ron Fioritto, both of CFAES, and Bruce Buurma, Buurma Farms, Willard, examine TKS dandelions at yesterday’s field day at the Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station. OARDC researchers are developing TKS dandelions, and specifically their roots, as a domestic rubber source. The station is a branch of CFAES’s research arm, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain, CFAES Communications.)

Report details chemicals at drilling site fire

Rick Reitzel of WCMH-TV, Columbus, interviewed Julie Weatherington-Rice, adjunct assistant professor in CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, for a story about last month’s fire, and the chemicals now being reported as being involved, at a hydraulic fracturing well site in southeast Ohio. Watch.

‘The new green is black’

The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s John Funk reports on quasar energy group’s biogas power plants and the partnership role of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC:

The new green is black for Quasar Energy Group, a company that with federal and state assistance has developed the technology to generate electricity from every flush of your toilet and every scrap of food waste and grease sent down a drain.

Quasar’s success story starts with European technology, steadily improved by researchers at the Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster and refined almost daily by Quasar and OARDC engineers.

Check it out.

Watch: How OARDC, quasar are making, using biogas CNG vehicle fuel

image of CNG videoCleanCitiesTV has released a new YouTube video on the joint effort by OARDC and quasar energy group to make biogas, turn it into compressed natural gas (CNG) and put it to use as vehicle fuel. Watch (3:08).

Sign up by 3 p.m. today for algal bloom media briefing tomorrow. There’s also a public webinar

Ohio State’s Stone Lab will host a media briefing and public webinar tomorrow, Thursday, July 10, to explain NOAA’s Seasonal Forecast of Harmful Algal Blooms for Lake Erie. Speaking at both events will be experts and elected officials.

The media briefing starts at 10 a.m. Included will be lab demonstrations and on-the-water field experience. Get details here. Note: Register to attend by 3 p.m. today, July 9. Call or e-mail Jill Jentes, 614-937-0072,

The webinar goes from 2-4 p.m. To register, go here and scroll down.

Lake Erie’s recurring summer algal blooms threaten fishing, swimming, boating and tourism on the lake, plus drinking water and the health of the lake’s ecosystems.

In battle for Lake Erie, ‘an unprecedented, comprehensive counteroffensive’

image of Lake Erie algal bloomEfforts by, among others, CFAES’s Jeff Reutter and Libby Dayton to stop Lake Erie’s algal blooms were noted yesterday in a Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial. (Photo: Tom Archer, Michigan Sea Grant, via NOAA.)

Healthy Water Ohio in the news

Yesterday’s launch of the new Healthy Water Ohio initiative gets coverage by WKSU, WYSUFarm and Dairy, the Toledo Blade, Ohio’s Country Journal and Ideastream (Cleveland public radio).

New coalition will protect, enhance Ohio’s water quality

image of clean waterA coalition of Ohio agriculture, conservation, business, university and other groups today publicly launched Healthy Water Ohio. The new initiative will develop a long-range strategy to protect and enhance the state’s waters, said a press release by the group. Guiding the coalition’s activities is a 16-member steering committee divided into a number of working groups. Leading the Research, Education and Outreach working group is CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron. In all, some 30 stakeholder organizations are involved. More are expected. Plans include a statewide public poll to gather input to direct future efforts and a statewide series of learning events. For more information: Larry Antosch,