Scientist to discuss water quality monitoring in the western Lake Erie basin

January 21, 2016 | Events, UToday, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
By Christine Billau

As the northwest Ohio region remains on guard about toxic algal blooms and the overall health of Lake Erie, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist based in the Buckeye State will address water quantity and quality monitoring with the community at The University of Toledo Lake Erie Center.

U.S. Geological Survey Scientist Richard Bartz, who is based out of Columbus, will give the free, public talk Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. at the center, located at 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

His talk titled “Western Lake Erie Basin: Stream Flow and Water Quality Monitoring,” is part of the Lake Erie Center’s Public Lecture Series.

“We have about 14 different water quality monitoring stations in the watershed, including almost all of the major tributaries,” Bartz said. “I want to talk about where we do gages for nutrient management and pollution issues, as well as what is involved. Anyone interested will get an overall view of how the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the state of Ohio is working together for clean water in the western Lake Erie watershed.”

The U.S. Geological Survey is the science agency for the U.S. Department of Interior. The organization studies and provides information on the health of the ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten communities across the country, the natural resources citizens rely on, and the impacts of climate and land-use change.

For more information about the Lake Erie Center and upcoming lectures, click here.

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