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Freshwater Science: Advancing Stormwater Management at Great Lakes Marinas with Green Infrastructure

July 16, 2024 – New research from Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative

Stormwater runoff carries pollution from land into nearby bodies of water, a phenomenon made worse by more frequent and severe storms due to climate change. Meanwhile, marinas on the Great Lakes can release pollutants — oil, grease, antifreeze, and boat paint — and exacerbate runoff with impervious parking lots and rooftops. This puts marinas in a unique position to become a part of the solution.

Dr. Scott Hardy, Ohio Sea Grant extension educator, and Sarah Orlando, Clean Marinas program manager, worked as part of a collaboration between the Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs to improve stormwater management at Great Lakes marinas by implementing green infrastructure. The project has produced tangible results: demonstration sites with best management practices, an online toolkit website, and water quality monitoring research led by Dr. Ryan Winston of The Ohio State University’s Stormwater Management Program.

About the Speakers

Sarah Orlando
Sarah Orlando Ohio Clean Marinas Program Manager

Sarah Orlando is an Extension Educator with Ohio Sea Grant based in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Coastal Management in Sandusky. She is the Program Manager for the Ohio Clean Marinas and Clean Boater programs – voluntary, incentive-based programs to help maintain and improve Lake Erie water quality while preserving the economic activity and viability of the marine trades industry. Her primary responsibilities include conducting research, education and outreach with the marina and boating community on a variety of topics including stormwater, aquatic invasive species, marine debris, and coastal resiliency. Sarah also coordinates the Ohio Shrink-Wrap Recycling Program, a cost effective, eco-friendly alternative to disposing of shrink-wrap for Lake Erie marinas and boaters. notextile.

Scott Hardy
Scott Hardy Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator

Dr. Scott Hardy is an Extension Educator with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program based in Cleveland. He conducts applied research and develops education and outreach programs on collaborative watershed management, coastal storm resiliency, community-based response to ecological change, and other issues facing Lake Erie and the broader Great Lakes region. The results of his work help to inform decision-making among practitioners and policymakers, as well as educate local and regional stakeholders about issues impacting Lake Erie, its tributaries, and the surrounding watershed.

Ryan Winston
Ryan Winston Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University

Ryan Winston’s research is focused on runoff hydrology and water quality, and performance of stormwater control measures, often with focus in urban environments. Prior to taking a tenure-track faculty position at OSU in 2018, Ryan was a Research Assistant Professor and Research Scientist in FABE. He spent nearly a decade studying and working at North Carolina State University under Bill Hunt working on many projects focused on innovative stormwater management. His current broad and applied research program spans runoff hydrology, water quality, stream and drainage management, stormwater control measure performance, modeling of urban runoff and water quality, field-scale monitoring at small and large scales, and quantifying ecosystem services. Broadly, he is interested in economical solutions to environmental problems.

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