The Ohio Prairie Association and the City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department are pleased to announce that the 2016 Ohio Prairie Conference will by at the Wintergarden/St. John's Nature Preserve in Bowling Green. This site features both a restored local tallgrass prairie, adjacent to a savanna/oak forest. A number of rare Ohio prairie plants are in both ecosystems.
Scheduling and programing for the conference are being arranged. Full conference details will be announced in 2016, both on this website, and by emails to OPA members.
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Prairie Borders in Ohio Row-crop Fields
Can Stop Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie
Loss of fertilizer nutrients out of row-crop agricultural fields, particularly bioavailable phosphates, is known to be the primary cause of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie. The phosphates cause harmful algae to proliferate, degrading water quality and releasing toxins. Keep the phosphates on agricultural lands, and the problem is solved.
The Iowa State University STRIPS Project has investigated the placement of native tallgrass prairie strips along the borders and at intervals in row-crop fields. These prairie plantings were able to reduce nitrate runoff by 88%, and phosphates by 90%. Similar or equivalent reductions are possible in Ohio watersheds.
To see how this technology might be applied to Ohio watersheds, to virtually eliminate HABs, download this PDF: