The city of Toledo works with LimnoTech to maintain a scientific buoy and monitoring sensors in Lake Erie near the City’s drinking water intake to assist with gathering real-time environmental data and to monitor potential impacts to drinking water from harmful algal blooms.

  • The buoy and sensors were first deployed in 2014 and continue to provide real-time data in ten-minute intervals to the city’s water managers, researchers, and the public.
  • Parameters like temperature, conductivity, pH, turbidity, and total algae are measured at the surface and at 14 feet below the surface.  
  • The data is used by the City to better understand and detect seasonal algal blooms, which can produce toxins that are harmful to human health. By staying on top of the data, treatment for the toxins can be adjusted to ensure safe drinking water.