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Improving Ohio’s Water: Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms from the Farm

Published Jul. 31, 2013 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Fill out the form below to request Ohio Farm Bureau's interactive e-Learning Unit on Harmful Algal Blooms

by Larry Antosch

Nutrients and water quality have been receiving a lot of attention due to recent increases in the occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

Being engaged in water quality issues for almost 40 years, it’s easy for me to begin a conversation with my colleagues – we speak the same “techno-geek” water quality language. But how can I convey this same information to those who do not eat, drink, sleep and dream water quality?

That opportunity came when our Multimedia Specialist Karen Hooper suggested a project she had in mind. What if we developed an e-learning series about the issue, what’s causing HABs and what we can do to correct it? Having been part of some webinars, I had a general idea of what I was about to get into.

We met several times over the next months mapping out the e-learning series, and decided the first unit should provide an understanding of HABs, conditions causing them and actions to help reduce their occurrence. An introduction to 4R Nutrient Stewardship and its core concepts and principles are also included.

We’re now happy to offer it for Ohio Farm Bureau member access.

Take some time to view the first unit by filling out the request form below, learn more about the nutrient and water quality issue and most of all take action. We all have a role in protecting Ohio’s valuable and plentiful water resources.

When it comes to the new array of communications technology and opportunities it provides, I usually stand back and observe before dipping my toe in. But when you really think about it we have the ability to reach out to our Farm Bureau members and the more than 11.5 million Ohioans in their homes on their schedules with just a few clicks of a computer mouse. As an advocate of life-long learning, this experience has helped me embrace such opportunities. My role as a technical resource for this project has been rewarding and my appreciation for all that takes place behind the scenes has greatly increased.

Dr. Larry Antosch is Ohio Farm Bureau’s senior director of policy development and environmental policy.


- Learn about more efforts by Ohio farmers to improve water quality.

- Request to view a recorded web meeting on this topic

- Listen to a recent Town Hall Ohio radio show on Nutrient Management and Water Quality


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