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Summary of a Clean Marinas project evaluating the impact of copper-based boat paint on sediments near Lake Erie marinas.
The Ohio Clean Marinas Program, with a grant from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s Lake Erie Protection Fund, performed a study on copper concentrations at Lake Erie marinas. In collaboration with Bowling Green State University and Lake Erie marinas, data was collected on copper accumulation in sediment over the course of one boating season. The results will aid scientists, agencies, marina owners, and boaters in obtaining a better picture of the contribution of boat bottom wash wastewater to copper concentrations in Lake Erie nearshore sediments, and in finding sustainable solutions for boat bottom washing.