This year’s harmful algal bloom could be slightly smaller than 2017, according to the forecast released Thursday by Ohio Sea Grant. Heavy spring rains washed a huge load of phosphorus — the main ingredient for the toxic blue-green algae — into the Maumee River. That’s despite the fact that many farmers couldn’t plant fields this…

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Despite a forecast for a harmful algal bloom more severe than in 2016, the annual plague of Lake Erie remained relatively small this year. The bloom wasn’t smaller because of decreased phosphorus and nitrogen in the lake. So as the bloom season ends, scientists are studying the lake dynamics — from wind direction to wave…

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  Tour Stone Laboratory on the 6-acre Gibraltar Island, with a free boat ride there from Ohio State’s Aquatic Visitors Center. Take in lectures and laboratory sessions.  

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Put-in-Bay celebrates the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie with history, art and music at Perry’s Monument and surrounding South Bass Island and an open house at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island. There’s an impressive light display Saturday night. Here’s the schedule: Friday More than 1,200 Boy Scouts arrive for…

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The official harmful algal bloom forecast for Lake Erie shows some improvement from last year, but is still worse than the levels in 2016. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio State University predict a severity of 6 out of 10, while in 2017, the…

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