What Will We Find in Lake Erie This Summer?

After a successful event last year, Ohio Sea Grant'sStone Laboratory will again host a media briefing to explain the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) second seasonal harmful algal bloom (HAB) forecast for the Great Lakes.

Led by regional and national experts, the presentation will feature an on-the-water field experience and expert commentary as well as a brief overview of the history of this work on Lake Erie. An afternoon webinar will allow the public to participate remotely.

The media briefing and field experience will begin at 10 a.m. on July 2 at the lab, which is at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. Media members should contact Ohio Sea Grant's Jill Jentes Banicki at jentes.1@osu.edu or 614-937-0072 to register. Lunch will be provided for registered participants.

The public webinar will be held from 2-4 p.m., also on July 2. Registration information will be available on Ohio Sea Grant's website. The webinar is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information.

Invited speakers and guests include:

  • Representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman,and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur.
  • Scott Nally, director of Ohio EPA.
  • Jeff Reutter, the host of the event and the director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab.
  • Rick Stumpf, NOAA HAB model and forecast expert from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS).
  • Mark Monaco, director of NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment at NCCOS.
  • Pete Richards, senior research scientist at the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University.
  • Justin Chaffin, Stone Lab's research coordinator and an algae and nutrient expert.

For more information, email jentes.1@osu.edu.

-- Christina Dierkes, Ohio Sea Grant Communications