Environment

Track efforts to clean up phosphorus with ErieStat

Want to see how efforts are going to curb phosphorus flowing into Lake Erie? The Great Lakes Commission launched ErieStat, a website that tracks the phosphorus causing the annual blooms – plus plans to reduce phosphorus. Eventually the site will show how the plans are working. See more on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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Get ready for ErieHack 2.0

It’s back! The signature Cleveland Water Alliance event, ErieHack, where scientists and high school students, compete for a share of $100,000 pitching inventions to solve Lake Erie’s problems. Read all about it at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. And read all about the Water Alliance and its past successes here. Share:

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Bowling Green adds $5.2M Lake Erie Center, and Cleveland Water Alliance signs a deal with Netherlands

Two big developments in fighting harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie: Bowling Green State University received $5.2 million in grants to create a Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health. The Cleveland Water Alliance signed a deal with the Netherlands to collaborate on research in nutrient management, Smart Lake technology and more.  Read…

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Lake Erie paddlers form Ohio Surfrider chapter

They did it! Lake Erie stand-up paddlers and surfers have created a Northern Ohio chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, to help clean up Ohio rivers and lakes. See the full story on cleveland.com. See the Facebook page here, and find out about the Oct. 17 meeting. Paddlers want to form Surfrider Foundation Cleveland chapter  …

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How the Cleveland Metroparks keep Edgewater Park clean

  Cleveland’s beaches are clean, and everyone has noticed. In 2013, the year the state handed Cleveland Metroparks control of the city’s lakefront parks, 702,000 people visited Edgewater Beach. The lakefront parks — Huntington, Edgewater, Whiskey Island, Wendy Park, Villa Angela, Wildwood and Euclid Beach — had more than 3.9 million visits in 2017. Edgewater…

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What’s the ‘Blue Economy?’ Cleveland Water Alliance aims to create industry around fresh water

The Cleveland Water Alliance wants to build a “Blue Economy.” What does that mean? The four-year-old nonprofit aims to create an entire business ecosystem — from research and innovation to manufacturing — around water. Specifically Lake Erie. Cleveland would be to fresh water what Silicon Valley is to information technology. Or what New York is…

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Great Lakes projects awarded $6.6 million

Sustain Our Great Lakes partners on Monday awarded $6.6 million to 25 ecological restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin. In addition, grant winners will contribute $8.2 million for the projects. Northeast Ohio received two awards: Restoring Wetland Habitat in the West Basin of Mentor Marsh Grantee: Cleveland Museum of Natural History Award: $120,778  Goal:…

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Ohio legislators propose $100 million bond issue to clean up Lake Erie

Bipartisan Ohio legislators want a $100 million annual statewide bond issue to clean up Lake Erie and reduce harmful algal blooms that plague the lake each summer. Republicans Steve Arndt, a state representative from Port Clinton, and Randy Gardner, the Senate majority leader from Bowling Green, introduced the Clean Lake 2020 Plan in March. Democratic…

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280 bird species spotted at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve

Birds are migrating north. And hundreds of them will soon stop at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, 88 acres of dredged soil from the bottom of the Cuyahoga River. In the spring and fall, the brightly colored warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers stop to refuel, eating and resting before they fly 60 miles across lake…

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