LIMA, Ohio (AP) — An official with the Ottawa River Coalition says water quality of the river in northwestern Ohio has improved but more needs to be done.
The Lima News reports (http://bit.ly/PHteCk ) that coalition Coordinator Beth Seibert told Allen County and Lima public officials recently that sanitary sewer projects, industrial effluent improvements and growing public awareness have helped.
Seibert says a 2010 Ohio Environmental Protection Agency study shows 76 percent more of the 50-mile long river meets state standards than when the coalition started in 1993. But she says litter and trash continue to downgrade the habitat and streams get a lower EPA score if insects and fish aren't plentiful and diverse.
The Ottawa rises in Hardin County and flows through Allen County before emptying into the Auglaize River in Putnam County.
Information from: The Lima News, http://www.limanews.com