Date: 04/06/16 - 6:30 pm
Toxic Algae, Undrinkable Water, and Dead Zones in Lake Erie: The Problems and Solutions
Lake Erie is the southernmost, shallowest, warmest, and most productive of the Great Lakes. It has a long history of pollution problems. The problems of the 1970s were solved and but they have returned. To solve the toxic algae problem, the dead zone in the central basin, and nuisance algae problems in the eastern basin, we need to reduce the amount of phosphorus going into the lake by 40%. These problems and the solutions we be discussed.
About our speaker:
Jeffrey Reutter, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, Ohio State University
Dr. Reutter began working on Lake Erie in 1971 and directed 4 programs at OSU from 1987 to 2015: Stone Lab, Ohio Sea Grant, CLEAR, and Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium. He is now a part-time, Special Advisor for the programs and US Co-Chair of the Objectives and Targets Task Team for Annex 4 (nutrients) of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. At OSU he helped create 23 endowments and supported 2200+ students with scholarships, fellowships, and part-time work.
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