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NOAA, Partners Predict Large Harmful Algal Bloom in Western Lake Erie this Summer

According to NOAA and its partners from several Ohio universities, western Lake Erie will have a large bloom of cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae, in late summer. The predicted bloom is expected to be smaller than last year’s intense bloom and considerably less than the record-setting 2011 bloom. Bloom impacts will vary across the lake’s western basin, […]

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Study Informs Restoration of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay

A 2014 special issue of the Journal of Great Lakes Research details the findings of a five-year, NCCOS-funded project in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay designed to better inform bay restoration efforts. The special issue highlights research results from studies that address the bay’s various environmental stressors. Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron and its surrounding watershed support a […]

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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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Can Asian Carp Barriers Protect the Great Lakes?

Invasive species such as zebra mussels have substantially changed the Great Lakes, with Asian carp poised to become the next and most serious invasive threat. Scientists leading a pioneering NCCOS-sponsored project to forecast the spread and bioeconomic impacts of aquatic invasive species have conducted an expert-based analysis of strategies to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan. The […]

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Addressing the Decline of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay

NCCOS-funded scientists participated in a recent forum held by the Michigan House Democrats’ Great Lakes and Conservation Task Force to address human-caused stresses to Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. The team presented findings and recommendations related to phosphorus inputs and eutrophication symptoms that are adversely affecting the bay’s fisheries and water quality. The NCCOS-funded team is […]

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Western Lake Erie Basin Partners Meet on Management Practices

NCCOS-sponsored scientists with the hypoxia Ecological Forecasting Project in Lake Erie are presenting research findings related to Best Management Practices (BMPs), phosphorus loading, and climate interactions in the western Lake Erie watershed to the Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership on June 20 in Toledo, Ohio. NCCOS scientists will also present the methodology behind NOAA’s seasonal […]

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Restoring Saginaw Bay: NCCOS Provides Managers Science-based Recommendations

On May 22, NCCOS researchers delivered a set of recommendations to state and federal natural resource managers and policy makers focused on addressing multiple contaminant stressors impacting Saginaw Bay, one of several critical areas of concern identified by the EPA for restoration in Lake Huron. Findings from the  5-year project present state-of-the-science information on how stresses such as […]

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NCCOS Research Highlighted at International Association for Great Lakes Research Conference

On June 2-6, NCCOS led several sessions at this year’s International Association for Great Lakes Research annual conference at Purdue University. Our Great Lakes research addresses critical ecosystem and watershed-scale issues in the region such as invasive species, nutrient management hypoxia and impacts of multiple stressors. Sessions featuring NCCOS  science included: Using Data and Models to Link […]

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