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Saving Lake Erie

        Ohio Sea Grant has completed reviews for its 2018-2020 research grants program, funding seven projects at universities across Ohio and along the Lake Erie coast. The selected projects focus on various aspects of harmful algal blooms, fisheries, pharmaceutical residues and tourism, in an effort to continue to help solve critical issues affecting the state's environment and economy.

"We had a strong set of submissions for this proposal review cycle, and these projects stood out not only from a science standpoint, but also because they address both state agency needs and national Sea Grant priorities," said Dr. Kristen Fussell, Ohio Sea Grant's assistant director for research and administration. "We believe they'll deliver important information to managers working to protect Lake Erie's ecosystem and the amenities the lake provides to residents."

Ag department has violated CAFO permit law, suit says

Some farm math: Researchers at The Ohio State University calculate a 1,400 pound dairy cow “produces” about 25 tons of manure annually.126WatershedFactsKG

Multiply that by, say, 1,000 or more cattle housed in a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) facility, and you have a lot of manure. And the phosphorus in the manure leaching from farm fields to tributaries of Lake Erie was one of the major concerns expressed by the public to the International Joint Commission as it prepared the Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority report released in 2014.

But it’s not just the volume of manure at CAFOs that worries Larry and Vickie Askins of Bloom Township in Wood County.

A lawsuit they filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo contends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio’s EPA and Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) have violated federal law covering permits for the facilities in the state. They also contend the run-off situation in Ohio has deteriorated since the ODA has assumed authority over CAFO permits.

Toledo to start $8 million construction to remove toxins

Last August, Toledo made national news when microcystin, a toxin created by invasive algae in Lake Erie, poisoned the city’s drinking water.

The algae can be difficult to control naturally and the toxin it produces can cause liver damage if ingested. As a result of high levels of microcystin, the city issued a three-day drinking water ban covering the Toledo service area, which includes 108,501 service taps and about 500,000 residents.

Steps have already been taken to ensure it does not happen again.

Construction is set to begin at the Collins Park Water Treatment plant in February on an $8.3 million temporary fix to reduce the possibility microcystin will foul Toledo’s water again this summer.

“What we’re talking about is an added barrier for the toxin,” Andrew McClure, plant administrator, said. “It would be a temporary kind of stop that would be incorporated into the future.”




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