Ensuring safe drinking water while keeping farms productive and profitable

Ohio State researchers and their partners seek to improve lake water quality and support healthy ecosystems so that people can drink the water, the lake can sustain recreation and fishing, and the ecosystem can endure short- and long-term changes such as storms or rising average temperatures. Overall, we're aiming to get a better, more integrated picture of what’s happening when lakes or reservoirs develop harmful algal blooms, including keeping an eye on Lake Erie.



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    New Field to Faucet App Helps Farmers Plot Farm Management Decisions

    Oct 20, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new app from The Ohio State University allows growers to compare the effectiveness of different management decisions within fields. The aim, in part, is to improve water quality throughout the state.

  2. Harmful algal bloom -- Lake Erie. Photo: NASA, NOAA

    Experts: Smaller Algal Bloom Predicted For Western Lake Erie

    Jul 19, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Harmful algal blooms are expected to be lower this year in Lake Erie than in 2015.

  3. FACT was developed by CFAES researchers and educators and is offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The training provides research-based tactics to keep nutrients in the field and available to crops while increasing stewardship of nearby and downstream water resources. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Agricultural Fertilizer Training Videos Offered Online

    May 17, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – With more that 11,850 Ohio farmers who’ve gone through training on best management practices to apply fertilizer for optimum crop yield, reduce the risk of nutrient runoff and improve water quality throughout the state, researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University have now posted videos of that training online for the public and farmers to view.