The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) provides a HABs Data Portal in collaboration with a suite of western Lake Erie partners. In this initial stage, the page provides access to real-time data from stations around the Western Lake Erie Basin, including measurements of temperature, specific conductivity, turbidity, pH, chlorophyll and blue green algae. Upcoming enhancements will add access to grab sample data, satellite imagery, hydrodynamic model results, and meteorological observations.
Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research collects and analyzes approximately 450-500 water samples for pollutants at each monitoring station each year. From that information it calculates annual pollutant loads from each station and the loads of nutrients, sediments and pesticides delivered to Lake Erie or the Ohio River.
The role of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission is to preserve Lake Erie’s natural resources, to protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and to promote economic development of the region by ensuring the coordination of policies and programs of state government pertaining to water quality, toxic substances, and coastal resource management. Their website provides a variety of information and links of the health of Lake Erie.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has a page dedicated to cyanobacterial HABs, including information on health effects, causes and prevention, and state-specific resources.
Lake Erie Algae is a website produced by Heidelberg University that provides history of water quality in Lake Erie. The site also describes the causes of HABs and initiatives to reduce nutrient loading to Lake Erie.
The University of Michigan is completing a modeling project to characterize nutrient loads to the Detroit River and then compare the efficacy of different management options.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Lake Erie webpage provides history, resources, and Lakewide Action and Management Plans (LAMPs).
NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) compiled information on their modeling and research on HABs and hypoxia.