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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to OSU’s Stone Laboratory
The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory this year will analyze and provide data to researchers studying cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Erie. Weekly water samples will be collected by students and charter boat captains to share information about algae biomass, microcystin, nutrient runoff and other water quality parameters. An Ohio EPA Environmental Education Fund grant is helping fund the program.
Water samples will be collected during Stone Lab field trips and by charter boat captains and analyzed at the facility’s water lab. Data will be posted to the Stone Lab webpage and provided on fact sheets for the charter captains each week to share with their clients.Tours of the water quality lab also will show students and visitors how scientists who study Lake Erie and algal blooms process a water sample for water quality parameters.
The project is being funded with a $43,293 Ohio EPA grant. Twelve grants were awarded statewide for $322,110. Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (614) 644-2873.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.