Running The Numbers To Clear Lake Erie Of Harmful Algal Blooms

Maureen Langlois Inland Water Quality

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada announced the goal for stamping out harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie: reduce the phosphorus flowing into the Lake by 40% compared to 2008 levels. GWI Senior Faculty Lead Jay Martin is a member of a team of modelers that took that goal to heart. The team, led by the University of Michigan and including researchers from Ohio State, Heidelberg University, Texas A & M, and Limnotech, combined watershed models to be able run different land and water management scenarios that could get Lake Erie to its goal. They published their report this week.