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        Oregon City Council earlier this month approved a resolution requesting that the State of Ohio provide the public with annual reports on Lake Erie nutrient reduction and to require new and expanding livestock operations’ manure to meet the same requirements as commercial fertilizer.

        Oregon, Toledo, Carroll Township, and Ottawa County are incurring increased costs for treatment, monitoring, and facilities because of the continuing threat of harmful algae - related toxins, according to the resolution.

        “This is in response to the algal bloom this year in Lake Erie, which is the third largest out of the last five years,” said Councilwoman Sandy Bihn, who introduced the resolution to council. Bihn is executive director of Lake Erie Waterkeeper Inc. “We’ve had four record years. The data from Heidelberg shows it’s not getting any better, we’re not gaining on this.”

         Oregon City Council agreed to cover increased costs of construction of the relocated Cedar Point Road and Dupont Road project, and the Wynn Road Sanitary Sewer project for Underground Utilities, Inc., the general contractor.

        The $6,984,007.26 cost of the projects increased by $57,165.50 for a total cost of $7,041,172.76.

        “You’re aware of the magnitude and size of the relocation of Cedar Point Road,” Mayor Mike Seferian said to city council. It’s not unusual, he added, to have project costs increase if unanticipated problems arise.

        The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have completed the Ohio Domestic Action Plan (DAP) 1.0 to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the bi-national Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with a goal of reducing phosphorus loading to Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025.

        This version of the Ohio DAP is being provided to U.S. EPA for review and comment and to serve as Ohio’s part of the U.S. Domestic Action Plan, the final version of which is due in Feb. 2018.

        A bill that would establish a single payer health care plan in Ohio that would universally cover medical, dental and vision services to residents has been introduced in the Ohio Legislature.

        State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) introduced the Ohio Health Security Act. Payments to health care providers for all eligible benefits would be made from a single public fund, called the Ohio Health Care Fund.

         “Even with the progress we’ve made, too many in Ohio are still struggling to get the care they need when they need it. It’s time for a change,” said Fedor. “Let’s face it. We all need healthcare at some point in our lives, and we shouldn’t have to mortgage our future to get it. Under the Ohio Health Security Act, every eligible Ohioan will be free to choose the plan and doctors that work best for their families without breaking the bank.”

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $4,556,900 to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to improve the water quality of the state’s rivers and streams.

       The funding is awarded under the Clean Water Act, which authorizes the EPA to provide grant money to states to implement nonpoint pollution control programs. Nonpoint source pollution, unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, comes from land runoff, precipitation, drainage and other diffuse sources. Nonpoint pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants before being deposited into lakes, rivers, wetlands, and ground waters.




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