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The Northwestern Water and Sewer District received a low interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to address storm water infiltration into the sanitary sewer system in Northwood.

The sewer district is funding the project with the $237,914 loan from the agency’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, which provides below market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems.

The loan will be used to rehabilitate sanitary sewers in the Homecraft area of Northwood, which connects to Toledo’s collection system. Toledo is continuing a long-term project to address sewer overflows within the city’s sewer system that will improve local and Lake Erie water quality, according to officials from the Ohio EPA. In addition to helping to reduce sewer overflows in Toledo, the Northwood project will alleviate local basement sewage backups.

Harmful algal blooms gained considerable notoriety when the City of Toledo was faced with unsafe levels of microcystin toxin in drinking water during the Toledo Water Crisis in August 2014

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Dr. Larry M. Antosch

In response to growing concerns about the toxin in municipal water systems and high costs associated with treating it, collaborative efforts by multiple organizations and government are bringing in millions of dollars to aid farmers and academic research.

The Ohio Farm Bureau has invested $2 million and counting of membership funds, says Dr. Larry M. Antosch, senior director for the OFB’s policy development and environmental policy division.

In 2014, the bureau dedicated $1 million of its own resources to water quality action plans, which was a “large commitment by our board,” says Dr. Antosch.

As Dr. Larry M. Antosch stepped up the microphone at an environmental forum, he first quoted from Ohio Farm Bureau testimony to state legislators:

“…Clean water cannot come at the expense of food production, nor can farming trump the need for clean water. Fortunately, we can have both. One is not exclusive of the other…”

Dr. Antosch, the OFB senior director for policy development and environmental policy, says that statewide, farmers are taking on, voluntarily and collaboratively, programs that will help reduce harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. He says agribusiness associations are getting the message out to the farming community on how to meet new requirements set by Senate bills 1 and 150, both enacted in 2015.

Following a public hearing, Oregon City Council on Monday approved a zoning change for Al Tawil, who plans to build a gun shop and firing range at 1463 and 1469 Towers Drive.

The zoning change is from M-2 General Industrial to C-2 General Commercial.

The Project Review Committee thought C-2 was appropriate zoning for the parcels, according to James Gilmore, building and zoning commissioner. He said an abandoned car wash is currently on the property. The M-2 zoning was most likely from a different use before the car wash was built several years ago, he added.

A committee established to study building needs of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District has scheduled two community forums to gather input from district residents.

The forums will be held Feb. 1 and March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Both will be held in the auditorium of Oak Harbor Middle School – the oldest school building currently in use in the B-C-S system.

B-C-S superintendent Guy Parmigian said the goal of the 40 or so members of the committee is to have a recommendation before the board of education by the summer of 2016 for the middle school, R.C. Waters Elementary School and Oak Harbor High School.

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