It’s only a matter of time before the harmful algal bloom that has plagued Lake Erie begins to grow along the western basin and elsewhere this summer. This year, however, there will be a new tool employed to monitor the problem and spread the word to residents about toxic cyanobacteria.
Dr. Rafat Ansari, senior scientist at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, has spearheaded a citizen science campaign along with general aviation pilot Terry Schubert, to involve public volunteers to monitor water quality along Lake Erie’s coastline and interior waterways. In this case, they are engaging private pilots to collaborate with researchers to collect scientific data. [Read more…]