New center at university to fight algal blooms


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A national research effort aimed at protecting freshwater lakes from toxic algal blooms will be led by a new center in Ohio.

Bowling Green State University announced in a release Monday that it’s been awarded a $5.2 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Science Foundation to establish the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health.

Algal blooms plague parts of the Great Lakes and impact freshwater sources around the world. An outbreak in western Lake Erie in 2014 contaminated tap water for two days for more than 400,000 people around Toledo.

The collaborative effort among Bowling Green State and other universities and research institutions will research causes of algal blooms and possible solutions.

BGSU biology professor George Bullerjahn will head the center.