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Algae around a dock at kelley's Island
Ohio EPA

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is asking the General Assembly to expand the power of state regulators over a specific source of water pollution affecting Lake Erie. 

 

The Kasich Administration is declaring western Lake Erie impaired due to high levels of chemicals that cause algae growth -- especially phosphorus from fertilizer. The Ohio EPA wants state legislators to give it more authority over farm practices. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, March 8:

Canadians Offer Plan to Battle Harmful Algae Blooms

Feb 27, 2018
photo of algae bloom in Maumee Bay State Park
ELIZABETH MILLER / GREAT LAKES TODAY

Canada and the province of Ontario recently released their plan to combat toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.  Phosphorus is the primary cause of the blooms that turn parts of the lake green most summers.

The U.S. and Canada hope to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 percent, from 2008 levels.  It’s all part of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Algae Bloom seen from Lake Erie
NOAA / GLERL

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur applauds the U.S. EPA’s recent decision to withdraw acceptance of the Ohio EPA’s assessment of impaired waterways. The federal agency changed its mind because the assesssment did not account for Lake Erie’s open waters.

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JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU

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