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While current efforts to curtail agricultural runoff will improve the health of Lake Erie, much more work will be needed to protect the streams that feed the lake, new research shows.

A study of the western Lake Erie watershed found that increased conservation efforts will be needed on most of the farms in the watershed in order to protect arterial streams in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

The project, led by researchers at The Ohio State University and The Nature Conservancy, used computer modeling to get a handle on the impact of various conservation efforts in the western Lake Erie watershed. The area includes about 5.5 million acres of cropland, making it the most intensely farmed watershed feeding into the Great Lakes.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Tetra Tech, Inc., Toledo, to provide professional engineering services for the design of the old Millard Bridge replacement project over Otter Creek for $139,600.

Public Service Director Paul Roman said the older bridge is much lower in elevation just off Otter Creek Road, but is still used.

“There are a couple of properties that use it. We are obligated to keep the bridge open. We have used this bridge as a secondary route for superloads going to BP-Husky and so on. Certainly, we need to replace it. We do want to build it for superloads,” he said.

The Oregon Planning Commission at a meeting in September recommended approval of a zoning change request by the Oregon Economic Development Foundation on 40 acres of property just south of Wynnscape Industrial Park to attract commercial and industrial development.

The Foundation is the economic development arm of the City of Oregon, which contributes funds to its budget.

The Foundation requested the zoning change from A-1 Agricultural District Zoning to C-I Commercial-Industrial District Zoning on the parcel at 700 N. Wynn Road.

Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko said last week additional parking off Main Street is needed and he intends to push for the demolition of the village’s former administration building to provide that space.

“That’s the direction we’re moving and it is something that I’m asking council to strongly consider,” he said. “I think there is more value in having that space available for parking. The village incurs an expense monthly to maintain that building with utilities and insurance costs even though it is vacant.”

The administration offices were moved this spring from the building at 111 N. Main Street to a building at 705 N. Main, which had been owned by Main Street United Brethren in Christ, Inc.

Two state legislators have asked the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to have a representative attend an Oct. 3 meeting in Benton Township where plans for a local quarry to accept spent lime from the City of Toledo’s water treatment plant will be discussed.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the former Graytown Elementary School, 1661 N. Walker St.

In a letter to Craig Butler, the Ohio EPA’s director, Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Steve Arndt ask for an EPA employee to attend “to listen to questions and concerns from local government officials and residents.”

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