For Immediate Release
June 17, 2019

Akron, Ohio State Researchers Awarded Lake Erie Protection Grants to Study Algae and Nutrient Reduction

(CLEVELAND) – The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has awarded two grants totaling nearly $100,000 to fund research into nutrient reduction and algae impacts on Lake Erie. Funding for the awards comes from donations and proceeds from the sale of Lake Erie Ohio license plates.

“We appreciate people who bought a Lake Erie license plate or made a donation to support projects like this,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Lake Erie is an incredible natural resource, and to protect it, we have to understand the challenges it’s facing. Research on algae and nutrient reduction is very important. It helps guide decisions about how to protect Lake Erie.”

The following grants have been awarded:

  • University of Akron & Watershed Division, City of Akron Water Bureau, Teresa Cutright
    $47,090: “Phosphate (PO4) Reduction with Water Treatment Residuals (WTR) In-field & Fe-WTR in Lab.” The project will focus on research to evaluate water treatment residual systems and their implementation to assist with nutrient reduction.
  • The Ohio State University, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Stuart Ludsin
    $49,924: “HAB & hypoxia Impacts on Lake Erie’s food web and fisheries.”
    The research project will expand understanding of the impact of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia on Lake Erie food webs and fisheries in Lake Erie.

Funding for the grants comes from Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund, which was established to help finance research and projects aimed at protecting, preserving, and restoring Lake Erie and its watershed. The fund is supported by Ohioans through tax-deductible donations or purchase of a Lake Erie license plate displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse or the Lake Erie life preserver.

All donations and proceeds from the sale of Lake Erie license plates are used to fund grants to benefit Ohio’s Great Lake. Citizens also may make tax-deductible donations directly to the Lake Erie Protection Fund. More information on the license plate program or donations is available at

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission was established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and promote economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency serves as the commission's chair. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and five additional members appointed by Governor Mike DeWine.

Governor DeWine has made protecting Lake Erie a priority of his administration. Recently (from June 14-15) he joined other officials for a summit of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, uniting Great Lakes leaders to protect water and grow the region’s economy. Governor DeWine serves as vice chair of the organization. Lake Erie Commission Director Joy Mulinex and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz also participated in the summit.

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For more information, contact:
Lynn Garrity, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(614) 506-0619

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