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EPA awards grants to two Northern Ohio projects
$600,000 invested in new eDNA technology to fight Asian Carp infestation.

Simon Husted

The EPA announced Tuesday that it’s pouring close to a million dollars into two Northern Ohio projects that aim to preserve the ecosystem in Lake Erie and other Great Lakes.

One is a University of Toledo study on environmental DNA, or eDNA. EPA adviser Cameron Davis says federal and state agencies currently use eDNA to measure the presence of Asian Carp, an invasive fish species that threatens to choke out native life in the Great Lakes. But Davis says the technology currently being used is somewhat limited.

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“The work that the University of Toledo is doing will help us look for other high risk invasive species and it will help us identify what life stages those invasive fish species are in when those samples are taken,” Davis says.

Davis says the new technology will also enable officials to test water samples outside lab rooms.

A second, smaller grant is going to the Ashtabula River Watershed to reduce invasive plant life such as phragmites, purple loosestrife and hybrid cat-tail.

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