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Western Lake Erie Basin Conservation Effects Assessment Project

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and its partners are asking a number of questions related to Lake Erie harmful algal blooms (HABs) in this project:

  • Where do problematic materials like nutrients and sediments come from?
  • Where do they enter the waterways?
  • How do they affect plant and animal life, both in the stream and along streambanks?
  • What are the best ways to reduce the impacts of nutrients and sediments, both on local streams and on their eventual destination, Lake Erie?

These questions are being addressed through the development of computer models that allow users to focus on what’s happening to the ecosystem in the Western Lake Erie watershed as small as individual farms. The models focus on assessing and forecasting the ecological impacts of agriculture on the watershed’s ecosystem, as well as the benefits of conservation practices that reduce those impacts.

Read more about us in the Winter 2014 edition of Ohio Sea Grant's Twine Line magazine.