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Multidisciplinary research aims to improve water quality, prevent future crisis

Harmful algal toxins—the culprit behind Toledo’s water crisis in August 2014—could be a thing of the past thanks to new technology being developed by Ohio State engineers.

Faculty from the College of Engineering are leading several different projects as part of the university’s Field to Faucet initiative, a water quality program launched to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agriculture sector.

The research projects will address ways to reduce excess nutrient runoff. One of the biggest contributors to harmful algal blooms (HABs) in lakes is excessive nitrogen and phosphorus from farms and cities upstream.

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Prof. Paula Mouser (right) and PhD candidate Michael Brooker test water quality in the lab.