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New Report Addresses Re-eutrophication and Hypoxia in Lake Erie

A new report aimed at Great Lakes policymakers calls for Lake Erie total phosphorus reductions almost 50 percent greater than previous recommendations. Recent total phosphorus reduction recommendations may not reduce hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen) as called for by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement undertaken by Canada and the United States. Reducing total phosphorus loading […]

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NCCOS Research Featured in EPA Webinar Series on Inland Harmful Algal Blooms

On Jan. 14, NCCOS researchers Steve Morton and Rick Stumpf were featured speakers at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) webinar focused on inland harmful algal blooms. The event was part of an EPA webinar series intended to build awareness about the effects of nutrient pollution and harmful algal blooms on the environment. Dr. Morton provided […]

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Bacteria Isolate Degrades Harmful Algal Toxins in Drinking Water

Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (“cyanoHABs”) occur worldwide—causing detrimental effects to ecosystems and local economies—and can produce toxins that pose threats to human health and limit potable water supplies. Microcystis and other genera of cyanobacteria produce a compound known as Microcystin-LR (MCLR) that is toxic to the liver and inhibits nerve functions, muscle activity, and cellular metabolism. […]

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NCCOS Continues to Help Pennsylvania Respond to Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom

Following the first reported cyanohab bloom in Presque Isle State Park in July 2013, the NCCOS Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Rapid Response Team supported the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) as they mobilized to address public concerns about toxins, recreational restrictions, and health advisories. This aid helped keep swimmers in the popular park safe, […]

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NCCOS Research Underpins International Lake Erie Ecosystem Report

With Lake Erie threatened again by eutrophication and harmful algal blooms, the Great Lakes International Joint Commission (IJC) recently established a “Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority” (LEEP) initiative to provide advice to governments to develop policy and implement management approaches to restore the lake’s ecosystem. The IJC released the LEEP report on August 29, 2013 for […]

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NCCOS Research Results Impact International Policy

On September 10, 2013, NCCOS-sponsored researcher Dr. Don Scavia will be a panelist at the Great Lakes Triennial Meeting focusing on Lake Erie. This forum is designed to inform and engage the public regarding the new Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority (LEEP) study report that was commissioned by the International Joint Commission (IJC) in 2012 to […]

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NCCOS Aids Pennsylvania Response to First CyanoHAB in Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie

The NCCOS Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response Program is assisting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) respond to and document the first cyanobacteria harmful algal bloom (cyanoHAB) in Presque Isle Bay, along the south shore of Lake Erie. Researchers sampled the small scale bloom near Presque Isle State Park in late July, and […]

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NCCOS Sponsors Harmful Algal Bloom Workshops for Upstate New York

New York’s borders encompass fresh, estuarine, and salt waters, each plagued by harmful algal bloom (HAB) outbreaks that pose risks to human health and the economic vitality of coastal communities. NCCOS is informing the upstate New York public and management community of the predicted rise of freshwater CyanoHABs by sponsoring workshops that provide information on a […]

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