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Injecting farm fertilizer below the ground instead of spreading it on the surface could help achieve most of Lake Erie’s 40 percent phosphorus reduction goal, said CFAES scientist Margaret Kalcic in a Dec. 3 story in the Toledo Blade. The practice also would allow farmers to maintain their productivity, she said.
The reduction goal is aimed at preventing the harmful algal blooms plaguing the lake. Agricultural phosphorus runoff is considered the blooms’ main cause.
Kalcic joined the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering this summer as an assistant professor. Her research area is watershed hydrology, especially water quality in agricultural regions.
A recent Columbus Dispatch article said there’s reason to be optimistic in the battle against Lake Erie’s algal blooms. Robyn Wilson, who studies risk analysis and decision science as an associate professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, was one of the experts quoted. “I don’t think we need regulation,” she said in the article. “I think farmers have gotten a bad rap. They are highly motivated to fix the problem under their own terms.” Read the article. (Photo: Lake Erie algal bloom by Tom Archer, Michigan Sea Grant.)
Kara Lofton of Pittsburgh-area public radio program The Allegheny Front reports that “It’s Not Just Lake Erie. The Ohio River Has a Major Algae Problem, Too.”
Ohio State scientists are developing ways to identify the many kinds of phosphorus getting into Lake Erie. To do it, they’re determining the compounds’ chemical signatures. The goal is to be able to link the compounds back to their sources — whether farm field, livestock facility, wastewater treatment plant or otherwise — and so better target efforts aimed at keeping phosphorus out of Lake Erie. Excess phosphorus is one of the causes of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie and other lakes. CFAES’s Field to Faucet initiative is a co-funder of the research. Read Ohio Sea Grant’s press release on the work. (Photo: Western Lake Erie algal bloom, NOAA.)
Charter captain Dave Spangler can see clearly now through a sample of Lake Erie water. And that’s good news for the lake, the fish that live there and his clients who try to catch them. Daniel Carson of the Fremont News-Messenger has the story, which includes Spangler’s shoutout to northwest Ohio farmers for their algal-bloom-fighting nutrient management efforts. (Image: Yellow perch by Dorling Kindersley via ThinkStock.)
Here’s our latest press release about the upcoming Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference. It’s Sept. 15 in Toledo.
Organizers of the CFAES-co-hosted Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference have extended the registration deadline to Wednesday, Sept. 7. The event is Sept. 15 in Toledo. Later that day, the conference site, the Stranahan Theater and Great Hall, is coincidentally hosting a performance by comedian Lewis Black, who coincidentally talks about science and the environment in a 2012 video here.