How do we stop the rain from washing excess phosphorus into tributaries of Lake Erie? Farmers and conservationists have been working on this question for years, but with added urgency since last summer’s phosphorus-fed algal bloom shut off Toledo’s water supply for three days. 

Experts from throughout the Lake Erie basin gathered on a Fulton County farm to demonstrate tools and techniques they hope will help reduce agriculture’s contribution to the algae problem.

The event, titled “Field to Lake – Soil, Science, and Water Working Together,” featured several examples of methods being used to keep nutrients like phosphorus on the fields and out of the waters of Lake Erie.

Dr. Hans Kok spoke at the event. Dr. Hans Kok is the coordinator of the Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, a program sponsored by the Indiana Conservation Partnership.