Thursday, May 26, 2016
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Friday, 11/8/2013 - Updated: 2 years ago

Ohio task force focuses on Lake Erie's toxic algae

Calls for reducing amount of phosphorus entering water


In a major report planned for release later this month, a state task force trying to reduce western Lake Erie's toxic algae will call for a 40 percent reduction in all forms of phosphorus entering northwest Ohio waterways.

The Ohio Phosphorus Task Force's report, an update to its initial 2010 study, could affect farmers, sewage plant operators, large land-based businesses such as golf-courses, and homeowners - anyone who uses or manages large amounts of fertilizers.

State and federal legislators are expected to use the task force recommendations when deciding whether to expand existing laws or adopt new ones.

The recommendations have been anticipated for months. They were made public today at the University of Toledo College of Law's annual Great Lakes water-law conference.

Tom Bridgeman, UT's top algae researcher, said the state task force chairman, Ohio Lake Erie Commission Executive Director Gail Hesse, gave him permission to release an excerpt of the report.

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories