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Tracking Algal Blooms

There are dozens of research projects going on in the Great Lakes region addressing different aspects of lake health. For people interested in following this work and monitoring the health of the water of Lake Erie, there are several resources that are helpful.


This map from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows their forecast for cyanobacterial density in the western basin of Lake Erie and in Sandusky Bay for August 24, 2017.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) produces a bulletin that is distributed Mondays and Thursdays or as conditions warrant. Click here to subscribe to the bulletin. Visit NOAA's Lake Erie HAB Forecast page for more information.
NOAA also produces the Lake Erie HAB tracker: https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/HABs_and_Hypoxia/habTracker.html
The City of Toledo monitors drinking water quality on its public utility webpages: http://toledo.oh.gov/services/public-utilities/water-treatment/water-quality/
Recent research is posted on the webpages of the Ohio Sea Grant of Ohio State University: https://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/research/issues
The Lucas County Commissioners, the City of Toledo, and the Toledo/Lucas County Sustainability Commission maintain an inventory of nutrient sources affecting western Lake Erie. This GIS map shows the location of industrial discharges, wastewater treatment plants, facilities with permits to discharge, large animal feeding operations, and more. See the Nutrient Source Inventory Tool.
On Twitter, the hashtags #LakeErie and #GreatLakesSci include fishing information and photos of nice sunsets, but also timely news about research and current algae bloom information.



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