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Starting June 1, all public water systems that use surface water as a source will be required to monitor and report to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency if Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and cyanobacteria are present in the water.
A HAB containing toxic levels of microcystin in Lake Erie caused a tap water ban for Toledo water customers in 2014. For years, water plants in Ohio voluntarily monitored, tested and treated the water for such toxins.
HABs are still growing in some Ohio lakes, reservoirs and rivers that are used as sources of public drinking water, especially when significant rainfall causes phosphorus to enter waterways, according to the Ohio EPA. These new rules will help Ohio EPA better understand the extent to which HABs develop across the state, and ensure greater protection for customers of all public water systems that use surface water as their source.
Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on Aug. 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.
Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.
A full slate of activities is planned for Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ Centennial Celebration May 28-30.
On Memorial Day 1916, Col. Webb Hayes, son of President Rutherford B. Hayes, made his father’s papers and artifacts available to the public for research with the opening of a library and museum on his parents’ estate. This became the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, America’s first presidential library. It was the forerunner for the modern federal presidential library system.
A resolution to start the process for placing a renewal levy on the November ballot has been approved by the Genoa school board.
Voters in the school district will be asked to renew a 1.6-mill permanent improvement levy that generates about $265,000 annually for items such as textbooks, equipment, building maintenance and other long-term needs.
A second resolution to place the measure on the ballot is set to be on the school board’s agenda for its June meeting, Bill Nye, district treasurer, said.
The Lake Township trustees have added a fourth property to a list of abandoned structures the township wants remediated or demolished.
The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution asking for an inspection by the Wood County Health Department and county building inspector of a property at 28562 Lemoyne Rd.
The resolution asks the county to document “the conditions substantiating that the building or structure is in insecure, or structurally defective and/or in a condition dangerous to life or health, or unfit for human habitation.”
Richard Welling, a trustee, said a barn on the property is “ready to collapse” and the basement of the home is flooded. The property has been abandoned for several years, he said.
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