Graham Sustainability Institute

U-M Researchers win Award for Paper on Phosphorus in Lake Erie

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Lake Erie bluffs, David M. Roderick Wildlife Reserve, Erie County. State Game Land 314, along with a new state park, protects much of the shoreline west of Erie to the Ohio line. Via  wikimedia commons.Researchers recommend reducing phosphorus 
to improve the health of Lake Erie

Lead author Donald Scavia, and a team of researchers will receive the Chandler-Misener Award for the most notable paper, Assessing and addressing the re-eutrophication of Lake Erie: Central basin hypoxia, in the 2014 edition of the Journal of Great Lakes Research.

The award will be presented on May 28th, at the annual International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) conference in Burlington, Vermont.

The research team identified excess nutrients as the culprit in the depletion of oxygen or hypoxia, in Lake Erie. Recommendations to address this problem include reducing excess nutrient loading to the lake, specifically phosphorus, by 46 percent , and they identify agricultural best management practices needed to help implement that reduction. Reducing hypoxia in the central basin of Lake Erie will improve water quality for drinking, swimming and fishing.

Authors include: Donald Scavia (lead author), J. David AllanKristin K. ArendSteven BartellDmitry BeletskyNate  S. Bosch, Stephen B. BrandtRuth D. BrilandIrem DaloğluJoseph V. DePintoDavid M. DolanMary Anne EvansTroy M. FarmerDaisuke GotoHaejin HanTomas O. HöökRoger KnightStuart A. LudsinDoran MasonAnna M. MichalakR. Peter RichardsJames J. RobertsDaniel K. RucinskiEdward RutherfordDavid J. SchwabTimothy M. SesterhennHongyan Zhang, and Yuntao Zhou.