Ohio Governor Wants New Farm Rules to Fight Lake Erie Algae

July 11, 2018 02:33 PM
 
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed an order that sets out to create new regulations on farms and cut the amount of fertilizer feeding Lake Erie's huge algae blooms.

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed an order that sets out to create new regulations on farms and cut the amount of fertilizer feeding Lake Erie's huge algae blooms.

The executive order signed by Kasich on Wednesday comes after the state has said voluntary steps farmers have taken to scale back fertilizer runoff aren't working fast enough.

Ohio, along with Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario, have pledged to significantly cut how much phosphorus enters the lake by 2025.

The new rules would force an estimated 7,000 farms across 2 million acres in northwestern Ohio to reduce the fertilizer and manure that flows into streams.

Farm groups have been pushing back against calls for increased regulations, saying it's not clear what approach will solve the algae problem.
 

Copyright 2018 Associate Press

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Monte
Stratford, TX
7/12/2018 01:21 PM
 

  Why doesn't the state of Ohio regulate how much sewage the City of Toledo discharges into the lake?

 
 
Steve
Lubbock , TX
7/12/2018 12:26 PM
 

  Given Trump has killed the export market applying fertilizer to increase yield is pointless.

 
 
samuel owings
chestertown, MD
7/12/2018 05:30 PM
 

  Start implementing "Cascading System of Floodway Stormwater Containment Basins", reduce nutrient and sediment movement into State waters by 60-70%

 
 

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