Educate and Engage

Equipping Stakeholders for Present and FutureWoman teaching child about stream quality

An ecosystem as large as a lake and all its tributaries affects and involves everyone who lives or eats food grown on the upstream land. Ohio State and partners have a mission to help communities and individuals make choices that help maintain water quality while balancing other important needs such as food production. We also serve as an independent integrator of technology, best practices and the latest scientific knowledge to help specific groups—legislators, farmers, water treatment professionals, teachers—answer pressing questions related to preventing and mitigating harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Projects

Field to Faucet Funded Projects

New field sensors will quickly scan for multiple algal toxins in water, food
A new sensor under development at The Ohio State University will detect harmful substances in water or food much more quickly than current methods. Lead: Wu Lu, Ohio State University. Read more...

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT)
New training will help farmers get more for less--increase crop yields while using less fertilizer--which is good news for the watersheds too. Lead: Greg Labarge, Ohio State University. Read more...

One-Stop “Shop” for Farmland Data
Determining the cause of water quality issues in Lake Erie is a complicated business, with many factors coming into play. John Fulton, Ohio State University. Read more...

New App Project Seeks to Help Farmers Manage Farm Nutrients
Want to gain access to timely nutrient use and application information at the farm level? Researchers are The Ohio State University soon will have an App for that. Lead: John Fulton, Ohio State University. Read more...

Ohio Department of Higher Education Funded Projects

Guidance for Regulators On Fish And Produce During Algal Bloom Season
A team of Ohio State researchers is helping to determine whether certain foods like fish and irrigated produce are safe to eat during Lake Erie’s harmful algal bloom season. Lead: Stuart Ludsin, Ohio State University. Read more...

A New Consortium To Ensure Water Quality
A partnership of stakeholders will take water quality sampling--and water quality improvement--into their own hands. Lead: Greg Labarge, Ohio State University. Read more...

Smarter charcoal use: guidance for water treatment plants during algal bloom season
Research in progress at The Ohio State University and the University of Toledo aims to provide guidance on how water treatment plants can most effectively remove harmful algal toxins from drinking water. Lead: John Lenhart, Ohio State University. Read more...

Mapping the social landscape for stronger water quality ties
New research at Kent State University will make community water quality collaborations a little easier by mapping connections between groups with a stake in the Lake Erie watershed. Lead: V. Kelly Turner, Kent State University. Read more...