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Ohio Sea Grant Educates Great Lakes Marinas

Keeping Ohio’s waterways clean doesn’t have to be a difficult chore. Sea Grant Extension’s Sarah Orlando will introduce the Clean Marinas Program, a certification program for marina operators across the Great Lakes states, at an introductory workshop on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from noon to 2 p.m. in Sandusky, Ohio. To register, contact Orlando. Marina operators from around the country can tune in to a webinar from 2 to 4 p.m. that will discuss how to best manage boat wash wastewater to have less of an environmental impact. This is the second in a series of online sessions led by Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs as part of the Green Marina Education and Outreach project, an effort to build Clean Marina programs. Register here.

Researcher Studies Recycling Dredged Sediment

Each year, the Army Corps of Engineers dredges more than 700,000 cubic yards of sediments, paying more than $6 million to clear the way for Toledo Harbor. That material is either impounded in lots or dumped in open lake waters, but a new Sea Grant project by OSU's Libby Dayton is investigating how to put it to better use.


Stone Lab Scholarship Deadline is March 13

Summer break will be here soon and so will the scholarship deadline for summer science classes at Stone Laboratory, OSU’s Island Campus on Lake Erie. All students taking for-credit courses at Stone Lab are eligible for scholarships, which typically range from $100 to $2,500 depending on need and academic record.


New Geocache Draws People to Aquatic Visitors Center

Anyone interested in hunting for a Lake Erie treasure can venture near South Bass Island’s Aquatic Visitor Center for its geocache. Nearly 100 treasure hunters on the island have tracked down the cache (and learned a bit of Lake Erie history in the process) since it was placed near the Aquatic Visitors Center last summer.

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Stone Lab Offers New Field Course on Historic Ship Replica

A new class through Stone Lab gives undergraduate students a unique opportunity to live and study aboard one of the largest tall ships in North America during a three-week course covering Great Lakes earth and marine science along with environmental policy. This course on the Brig Niagara includes sailing the ship through the five Great Lakes, water sampling, fish trawling and dissections, and a general close-up of how lake science works. For information, contact Stone Lab Manager Matt Thomas, or Course Instructor Bill Edwards. [ Learn More ]

How Could Climate Change Impact Microcystis and Public Health?

Ohio Sea Grant-funded researchers will model the public health impacts of Microcystis algae in light of a changing climate and land use in the Maumee River watershed. Because blue-green algae sometimes produce the toxin microcystin, the models will link algal growth with the flow of water into Lake Erie to people’s exposure to microcystin from drinking water and fish drawn from the lake. The models will also forecast how climate change scenarios and changing land use will impact the public’s exposure to microcystin. [ Learn More ]

Students Experience Science on Stone Lab Field Trips

Educators can register their 4th – 12th grade students for a 2012 Lake Erie Science Field Trip and provide a memorable hands-on experience where each student participates in pulling a fish trawl net, seining, and looking at plankton through microscopes. Serving more than 7,000 students each spring and fall, Stone Lab’s science field trips align with Ohio’s Science Academic Content Standards and educators can choose from among eight specialized activities to customize their one- or two-day trip. Watch a short video of one class’s trip here and learn more.


News Releases

Twine Line Readership Survey
Unique Internships Available at Stone Lab
Lake Erie Birding Trail Website Honored

Upcoming Events

Stone Lab Scholarship Deadline for College Students
March 13, 2012
Climate Change Webinar
March 20, 2012
Clean Marina Webinar
March 21, 2012
Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms Workshops
March 30, 2012
Spring Work Weekend
April 20 - 22, 2012

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