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The Black Swamp Conservancy is seeking input on its programs and operations.

A 10-question, online survey has been emailed to the land trust’s supporters, asking them how they learned about the conservancy that was founded in 1993 by residents concerned by the rate of development in rural Northwest Ohio.

The questionnaire also asks respondents to prioritize the types of landscapes the conservancy should preserve: open spaces and parks for recreation, farmland and land and waterways for hunting and fishing as well as what programs they’d like to be offered, ranging from nature walks and birding tours to geocaching, concerts and working farm events and nature photography.

After sending letters to 58 Toledo and area businesses to substantiate the pricing of bottled water during the city’s water crisis, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said consumers may still contact his office if they suspect they were victims of price gouging.

Consumers should submit as much documentation as possible with their complaints and call 800-282-0515 or visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

While Ohio doesn’t have a statute defining price gouging, the state’s Consumer Sales Practices Act prohibits “unfair, deceptive and unconscionable sales practices.”

Oregon City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway for preliminary engineering services for interconnection with railroad grade crossing warning devices for the Otter Creek Road advance railroad crossing notification system.

Plans call for blue warning lights to be installed on Otter Creek Road at Millard Avenue and Corduroy Road that will notify motorists that lights and gates are activated at the existing at-grade railroad crossing on Otter Creek Road, located just south of York Street. The notification system will provide Corduroy Road traffic the opportunity to select an alternate route before reaching the frequently blocked railroad crossing.

The system, which requires an interconnection with the existing railroad grade crossing warning device circuitry, will be similar to the blue light system that was installed at the intersections of Pickle Road/Wheeling Street and Pickle Road/Woodville Road in 2002 that notifies motorists of the blocked CSX crossing on Pickle Road.

Oregon has increased tests of its own water since high levels of a toxin were found in a water sample taken from Toledo’s Collins Park water treatment plant over the weekend.

Toledo’s detection of microcystin, which can cause abnormal liver function in humans and animals, prompted Toledo to issue a three day ban on the use of its drinking water.

Oregon has its own water treatment plant that provides water to many communities in the area, which were unaffected by the toxin affecting Toledo’s water.

It’s almost like a sequel to a movie — one year ago, in the August 11, 2013 edition of The Press, a front page headline read, “Green slime arrives in waves.”

We were told not to be alarmed — at least, not yet. But, maybe now is the time.

Last week, about 500,000 residents who receive City of Toledo water had reason to be alarmed because their tap water was shut off for two days because it was contaminated by a toxin produced by an algae bloom in Lake Erie.

The green water in the western basin of Lake Erie results from an invasive algae bloom. While not all algae is harmful, the type seen in the huge blooms in the western part of Lake Erie and other inland Ohio lakes can produce nerve and liver toxins, which are especially dangerous for pets, children, the elderly and those with comprised immune systems.

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