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Ohio House agriculture chairman to lead algae study
State Rep. Dave Hall says he will work to prevent further blooms and deal with current issues
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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State Rep. Dave Hall will be heading a study of Ohio's algae problem.
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After the recent water crisis in Toledo, finding a solution to Ohio’s harmful algal bloom crisis is moving up the priority list for lawmakers. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow has more on the choice of the Holmes County lawmaker.

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Republican Rep.ave Hall of Millersburg who chairs the House Agriculture committee has been tapped to take a close look at the toxic algae issue in Ohio.

Hall says this is an issue that must be handled on several fronts, including further preventing the cause of algal blooms. But the first step is to utilize satellite imaging to recognize an issue and give water treatment plants a heads up. 

“If we can use our technology that will better prepare these water treatment facilities to be able to treat the issue," Hall says. "You can still treat and purify and get the number down so the water can be drinkable.”

While Hall carries out his study, the Lake Erie Legislative Caucus plans to hold a hearing on Friday allowing the public to make comments and suggestions for how the state should move forward.

 

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