Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of Ohio State, the University of Toledo and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, recently released the annual report for the first year of funding for the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), which seeks solutions for harmful algal blooms in Ohio.
Following the Toledo water crisis in August 2014, ODHE offered $2 million in funding to universities in Ohio for collaborative research focused on reducing harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and inland lakes. Matching funding from participating Ohio universities increased this investment to just over $4 million, demonstrating the state’s overall commitment to solving this problem.
The first 18 projects funded under this initiative, including some involving CFAES researchers, have already provided needed answers that have helped water treatment operators, regulators, farmers and legislators deal with harmful algal blooms, predict future scenarios and lay a foundation for long-term bloom mitigation and prevention.
“The research community working to address the harmful algal bloom issue across the state has faced numerous scientific unknowns related to how to manage the blooms, how to predict bloom movement, how to help water treatment plant operators efficiently clean water and how to address human health risk,” said Chris Winslow, interim director of Ohio Sea Grant.
“Because of this collaborative effort,” he said, “we are better able to address the impact of blooms and guide future efforts to reduce their size and frequency.”—Ohio Sea Grant press release