Reduced river phosphorus following implementation of a lawn fertilizer ordinance Year 3 results
The middle reach of the Huron River in southeastern lower Michigan (Washtenaw and Wayne counties) has been the site of a research study sponsored by the U.S. EPA (2003-2006) and also by the USDA since 2006. The study led by Professor John Lehman of the University of Michigan probes the causes and possible corrective measures for the nuisance algal blooms that plague Ford and Belleville lakes and which threaten Barton Pond, a drinking water supply.
In December 2005, the Township governing board responsible for Ford Lake voted to permit U-M scientists to perform large scale experiments including selective discharge of water and injection of oxygen in order to test predictions that such practices could favorably alter chemical and biological conditions within the lake ecosystem. The addition of real-time web-accessible data sensors in 2008 is providing continuous feedback on the progress of experiments and is providing new insignt into lake responses.
This website chronicles the historical development of the project, archives the research data, and provides updates and reports of progress on a regular basis.
last updated 21 Oct 2013
Site design by D. Lehman