Lake Erie Algae Warning Buoys Get Tune-Up

(Oregon, OH) An early-warning system on Lake Erie for toxic algae gets a tune-up today. 

Scientists from a dozen groups across Ohio will gather at the Lake Erie Center today with a mission in mind-- calibrating buoys on Lake Erie that serve as an early warning system for the next possible toxic Toledo water crisis. 

Researchers from the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, and Ohio State will be joined by teams from six water treatment plants along the lake-- including Toledo and Oregon. 

The sensor buoys float in the waters of Maumee Bay and the western lake basin during the algae bloom season providing live, real-time data to back up the weekly sampling done all summer by a research vessel. But those buoys must be calibrated every spring to ensure accurate data.

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