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Finding time and money to take regular water quality samples in a space as large as Lake Erie’s western basin can be difficult for even the most dedicated researchers.

But sometimes, help shows up on a lab doorstep and is too good to turn away.

That was the case in 2012, when a group of Lake Erie charter boat captains approached the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to ask how they could help monitor and improve water quality in the lake on which their businesses depend. They had seen the impact the severe 2011 harmful algal bloom (HAB) had had on their fishing charters and on other Lake Erie businesses, and wanted to contribute to improving the health of the lake.

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.

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