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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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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  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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You want to go to the beach. But you want to make sure the water is safe. Cleveland’s popular Edgewater Beach had a few bad water quality days this summer — a harmful algal bloom during the July 4 holiday week and then a sewer discharge in August. So RocktheLake delved into water quality —…

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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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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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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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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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Cleveland – along with its Lake Erie neighbor, Detroit — ranks near the top for plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Together, the United States and Canada discard 22 million pounds of plastic into Great Lakes waters, according to a Rochester Institute of Technology study. Much of it — including fast-food straws, cigar tips and…

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Everyone knows Lake Erie has a harmful algal bloom problem. The evidence is literally bright green, toxic slime on the surface of the lake’s western basin each summer. The blooms are caused by excess phosphorus. But how exactly do you solve the problem? The Lake Erie Foundation wants to collect and analyze data to create…

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