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A plan approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for public water systems to address problems with harmful algal blooms nationwide draws from procedures implemented by the Ottawa County Regional Water System.

 The EPA issued the Cyanotoxin Management Plan template last month as a means for communities to identify potential blooms and make the necessary treatment and operational adjustments to remove cyanotoxins from the water as well as provide timely information to consumers.

A necropsy of a tiger seized last year from a local refuge will take several weeks to complete, including testing, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which had custody of the animal.

 The tiger was euthanized Dec. 11 at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.  Mark Bruce, communications director for the agriculture department, said the animal had been diagnosed with cancer.

 Two bills that proponents say would have moderated tax increases on land enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program have stalled in the state legislature but the Ohio Farmers Union plans to continue to push next year for changes in the CAUV formula.

 “We'll work for good and fair policy during the budget next year, and if that fails we'll ask legislators for stand-alone bills once again," Ron Sylvester, an OFU spokesman, said. “While some committee chairmen and rural legislators went to bat for the CAUV bills pending in the House and Senate during lame duck, ultimately leadership in both houses killed our efforts at reform.”

 A committee of the Ohio Senate last week accepted testimony on a bill with roots in a 2011 traffic stop by a Lake Township police officer on I-280 that was contested all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court.

 The State and Local Government Committee heard testimony on Substitute House Bill 378, which would amend current law prohibiting township officers in smaller jurisdictions from citing motorists for traffic violations on state highways that are classified as part of the national highway system.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider conducting a study on whether to fill in 130 acres of Maumee Bay with dredged sediments next to Facility 3.

The study would look at creating a wetlands, but at a cost of filling in the open shallow waters of the bay, something environmentalists have long opposed.

Council will consider entering into an agreement with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to receive funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for planning and preliminary design of wetland restoration and enhancement at Facility 3.

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