Chautauqua Lecture: Protecting your drinking water from Harmful Algal Blooms

 Tuesday, August 17, 2021 
10:30am-12:00pm  
Orchestra Hall

Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria in Lake Erie and other water bodies pose a hazard for populations that use them as sources for drinking water. Measures to prevent future blooms are being implemented, but may take years to succeed. In the meantime, new research and technologies help to warn water treatment plants of impending blooms and treat water to remove toxins to a safe level.

Dr. Thomas Bridgeman is a Professor of Ecology at the University of Toledo and the Director of the UT Lake Erie Center, where he has been studying western Lake Erie for the past 20 years. He has published research on many aspects of lake ecology including harmful algal blooms (HABs), hypoxic ‘dead zones’, mayfly populations and the influence of river plumes and lake sediments on algal blooms. Tom currently co-leads the Ohio Dept. of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI) and serves as president-elect of the Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network (LEARN). At U. Toledo he teaches courses on lake ecology and marine biology. He earned degrees from Miami University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan (PhD).

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