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Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast On July 11

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NOAA will release its 2019 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) forecast for Lake Erie on Thu., July 11 during a media briefing hosted by Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory at The Ohio State University.

Media attending will have the opportunity to ride aboard a research cruise to see how water is sampled as they travel to the lake laboratory and to speak with NOAA’s lead HAB forecaster. The briefing portion of the event will also be streamed as a webinar for the press and public.


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European Space Agency (ESA) Envisat satellite.image taken on Oct. 8, 2011, using its MERIS sensor, showing harmful algal bloom in the western basin of Lake Erie. (ESA)


Media events to include:

  • Lake Erie water sampling boat trip
  • History of HABs in Lake Erie
  • Update on nutrient loads into Maumee River
  • NOAA’s forecast for 2019 Lake Erie HAB
  • Overview of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, known as HABRI


Stone Laboratory at Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. Gibraltar Island, Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

Reporters should take the Miller Ferry departing from Catawba Point at 9:30 a.m. Stone Lab staff will meet the ferry and take reporters to the lab.

An online webinar will also be available.

Thu., July 11, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Media briefing at Aquatic Visitors Center and webinar
  • 12:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Questions for speakers
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Interviews with subject matter experts and boxed lunch
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Two one-hour research cruise and photo opportunities (media may choose the 2 pm or 3 pm event during RSVP)



Media should RSVP to Jill Jentes via this online link to attend in person. The deadline to register is Fri., July 5 (to include lunch provided by Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory) or by 3 p.m. Wed., July 10 (lunch not included).

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