Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Center for Lakes & Streams, was awarded the Chandler-Misener award for the most notable paper published in the Journal of Great Lake Research in 2015. Submitted papers are evaluated for originality, contribution and presentation.
Bosch’s paper, “Assessing and addressing the re-eutrophication of Lake Erie: Central basin hypoxia,” addressed the source of harmful algae in Lake Erie as a result of inflowing water from primarily agricultural drainage areas. The paper, co-authored by 28 scientists across the country, also offered application for the inland lakes in Kosciusko County because the Lake Erie watershed, or drainage area, is similar to the agricultural watersheds flowing into the county’s local lakes.
The paper addresses the algae growing in Lake Erie as a result of nutrients, namely phosphorus, flowing into the lake. Oxygen levels and the presence of blue-green algae toxins are issues also linked to the presence of nutrients in Lake Erie. Similarly, these issues are being studied in local lakes around the county by the Center for Lakes & Streams under Bosch’s leadership.
While Bosch was unable to attend the award banquet at the University of Vermont due to his important local research this summer in Kosciusko County, he received his award this month. Bosch stated, “It is a great honor to receive this award. This is an award that many lake researchers strive their whole career to attain.” Bosch also received this award in 2013 for his work with the study, “Historical phosphorus loading to Lake Erie watersheds.”
The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts applicable research, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with other organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner. For more information or to support their efforts, visit lakes.grace.edu.