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Lake Erie Impairment Designation FAQ

Our answers to common questions about the Ohio EPA's designation of Lake Erie as impaired. We'll update this page as new information is available or requested.


Smaller summer harmful algal bloom forecast for western Lake Erie

NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will experience a harmful algal bloom (HAB) of cyanobacteria this summer that is smaller than in 2017 but larger than the mild bloom in 2016.


Stone Lab Workshops Offer Professional Development Opportunities and an Up-Close Look at Lake Erie

This year’s offerings last from one day to a week, and some workshops offer continuing education contact hours.

Stone Lab Open House

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Save the date for the 2018 Stone Lab open house, scheduled for September 8

Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab Offer South Bass Island Tourists a Chance to Learn About Lake Erie

Visitors to South Bass Island this summer have the chance to explore Lake Erie science and history


2018 Buckeye Island Hop

2018 Buckeye Island HopPut-in-Bay, oh

This annual event gives alumni and friends of Ohio State a chance to take part in an outdoor volunteer project, and meet new people.

Ohio Sea Grant Announces 2019 Knauss Fellowship Finalists

Ohio Sea Grant is proud to announce that five Ohio finalists have been selected as part of the 40th class of the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Ohio State’s Stone Lab Awards Seven Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarships in 2018

Ohio State’s Stone Lab Awards Seven Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarships in 2018

The REU program is a competitive comprehensive research internship that attracts students from across the country


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Student PresentationsPut-in-Bay, oh

Hear directly from students in Stone Lab's Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program about their projects.


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Live Water Quality Data

Lake Erie Water Quality Powered by: WQData Live

Air Temp 22 ° C
Wind Direction 43 NE
Water Temp 79.32 ° F
Water pH 7.42 pH
Chlorophyll RFU 0.7 RFU
Cyanobacteria RFU CLEAN0.1 RFU
Dissolved O2 Saturation 101.6 %
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Solar Panel Data Sustainability Initiative

As facilities were renovated in 2013, photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and solar thermal installations were placed on the island to reduce energy consumption. The installations were designed to maximize usage for education, research, and outreach opportunities

Solar Dashboard

30% of the wetslips on Lake Erie are located at an Ohio Clean Marina.


An outreach campaign on preventing the spread of invasive species has led to a large positive change in angler behavior.


25% of students and teachers taking Stone Lab classes receive scholarships.


Lake Erie produces 50% of Great Lakes fish, more than the other 4 Great Lakes combined.

Issues Facing Our Lakes

Harmful Algal Blooms

HABs have been a focus of Ohio Sea Grant’s work since 1971. Today, Sea Grant’s work on reducing and preventing HABs ranges from the local to the international level


Not sure where to start? Our HABs FAQs give you a quick overview of the issue and possible solutions.

Algae Through the Ages

Ohio Sea Grant has been working to address Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie for over 30 years.

Lake Erie Issues: HABs

We have collected information on Harmful Algal Blooms on a special overview page.