For Immediate Release
September 9, 2020

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Approves H2Ohio Technology Assessment Program Advisory Council

To guide the State in addressing harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie, today the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) announced the creation of the H2Ohio Technology Assessment Program (TAP) Advisory Council.  The TAP Advisory Council will evaluate and validate technology proposals and facilitate demonstration projects to determine their effectiveness at addressing HABs. OLEC has also selected Tetra Tech as a third-party technology vendor to assist the TAP Advisory Council in evaluating the most promising technologies.

The TAP Advisory Council will represent a broad cross section of interests and will include non-governmental organizations, private corporations, and state agencies. Members will have expertise evaluating technologies to reduce nutrient loading, experience addressing HABs in Lake Erie, or experience evaluating other types innovative technologies.

Selected members of the TAP Advisory Council include:

  • David Emerman, Ohio Lake Erie Commission;
  • Carol Kauffman, Scott Miracle-Gro Company;
  • Bryan Stubbs, Cleveland Water Alliance;
  • Crystal M.C. Davis, Alliance for the Great Lakes;
  • Amy Brennan, The Nature Conservancy;
  • Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation;
  • Mindy Kairis, Owens Corning;
  • Dr. Lee Hammerling, ProMedica;
  • Moisés Noreña, Moen;
  • Brian Hall, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency;
  • Natalie Pirvu, Ohio Department of Natural Resources;
  • Kip Studer, Ohio Department of Agriculture; and
  • Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant.

The TAP Advisory Council will advise the State on the solicitation and evaluation of emerging technologies that:

  • reduce nutrient loading to rivers, streams, and lakes;
  • remove nutrients from rivers, streams, and lakes;
  • reduce the intensity or toxicity of algal blooms;
  • recover nutrients from manure; and
  • improve nutrient removal in wastewater treatment plants.

The TAP Advisory Council intends to issue a request for proposals in November, evaluate all of the proposals received, and select the top 10 technologies. Each of the top 10 technologies will be independently evaluated by Tetra Tech. The companies or organizations with the top 10 technologies will propose demonstration projects and submit more comprehensive information and data under the protection of a non-disclosure agreement.

Additional information about the Technology Assessment Program and the process can be found in the program’s fact sheet.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission was established for the purpose of preserving Lake Erie's natural resources, protecting the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and promoting economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and seven additional members of the public appointed by the governor.

Launched by Governor Mike DeWine in 2019, H2Ohio is a collaborative water quality effort to provide clean and safe water to Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Ohio Lake Erie Commission each has a significant role in H2Ohio through the natural infrastructure of wetlands, the reduction in nutrient runoff, and increasing access to clean drinking water and quality sewer systems. To learn more, go to h2.ohio.gov.

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