Join us to learn about the causes of HABs, how to identify and reduce nutrient loads, and how remote sensing and GIS are being used to study the problem and educate the public. Speakers include:
Mandy Razzano, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Mandy Razzano, Environmental Specialist at Ohio EPA Northeast District, will discuss the impact of harmful algal blooms, OEPA’s inland lake program, and how Landsat imagery can be used for remote sensing of chlorophyll levels in lake water.
Dean Barbo, Civil and Environmental Consultants
Dean Barbo, Project Manager at Civil and Environmental Consultants, will discuss the interactive Nutrient Source Inventory developed for Lucas County. The inventory identifies causes of impairment and pollutant sources that need to be controlled to achieve desired nutrient load reductions and reduce harmful algal blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin. An interactive user-friendly GIS-based mapping tool will be linked to the Lucas County and City of Toledo websites to make the information available for public use.
Dr. Rafat Ansari, NASA John H. Glenn Research Center
Dr. Rafat Ansari, Senior Scientist at NASA Glenn, has spearheaded a citizen science campaign to involve public volunteers to monitor water quality along Lake Erie’s coastline and interior waterways. With GPS-enabled cameras mounted on the underside of a small aircraft’s wings, volunteer pilots fly along the coastline of Lake Erie collecting infrared and color images. These images will provide the data that could lead to predicting changes in water quality. The images are available free of charge and hosted online by Cleveland State University. Dr. Ansari will also discuss implementing a local monitoring program.