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EPA Awards $681,343 to Ohio State University for Harmful Algae Blooms Research

Tuesday, January 16, 2018   (0 Comments)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $681,343 to The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, for research on the prediction, prevention, control, and mitigation of freshwater harmful algal blooms. Harmful algae blooms (HABs) are overgrowths of algae and cyanobacteria in water that can produce dangerous toxins that hurt local economies and the environment. HABs can have devastating effects on ecosystems, communities, and the health of people, pets, livestock, and wildlife. Recent large-scale HAB events across the country underline the need for further research to improve water quality and protect public health. Ohio State scientists will use the funding to develop a watershed classification system to diagnose and manage HABs in the upper Ohio River basin by determining characteristics related to distribution, duration, and intensity of HABs. Source: eponline.com

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