Lawmakers Take Step To Deal With Lake Erie Algae


UPDATED: Saturday March 29, 2014 11:35 AM

Ohio lawmakers are considering a new rule that would impact farmers and help reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie.

The proposal would allow large farm operations to only apply synthetic or chemical fertilizers on their land if it's done by someone certified by the state or working with someone who is certified.

The goal is to cut down on the amount of fertilizer that runs off fields and then winds up feeding the algae growth in Lake Erie.

A spokesman for the Ohio Environmental Council tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo that the proposal is a modest improvement and that more work still needs to be done to slow down the algae.

The bill already has passed through the Ohio Senate and the House agriculture committee.

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