Lake Erie

Real-Time Data Collection to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

This project will help scientists better understand and predict the development of harmful algal blooms (HABs) using real-time data. The project team will deploy real-time continuous monitoring instruments in Lake Erie — the first time this equipment has been used this way in freshwater — to better understand how nutrients, temperature, and other factors lead to the development of HABs and hypoxia, oxygen-depleted water. …

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Evaluating Microbial Nutrient Sediment Dynamics in Lake Erie Watersheds

Evaluating Microbial Nutrient Sediment Dynamics in Lake Erie Watersheds A primary goal of water quality managers is to intercept or mitigate nutrients or pathogens at their source to ensure effective wastewater treatment. Source water treatment includes building onsite treatment systems and implementing agricultural best practice for crops. To ensure mitigation is working, managers often monitor nutrients and pathogens in water.…
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Validation of NOAA-GLERL and U Michigan-CIGLR Hypoxia and HABs models in Lake Erie

Lake Erie Hypoxia and HAB models
Photo credit: Ed Verhamme
During early summer and fall of 2019, RAEON deployed three real-time buoys equipped to measure weather and water-quality parameters, including dissolved oxygen, in Lake Erie near Pelee Island. These buoys will collect data that will predict the location and movement of oxygen-depleted, or hypoxic, water in Lake Erie, a source of drinking water for millions of people in northwest Ohio.…
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    Windsor, Ontario, N9C 1A2