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Ohio farmers point to algae law loophole

Ohio’s new fertilizer certification law may be a step toward better management of algae threats to drinking water. But critics say its voluntary nature, delayed implementation and failure to address manure are significant flaws.

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Bracing for Lake Erie algae

The amount of harmful algae forecast for Lake Erie is likely to be significant, coating parts of the western basin in toxic green slime. Even moderate blooms can threaten drinking water.

Ashtabula harbor is now a busy pleasure boat port, thanks to a 75-Million dollar clean of toxic river sediments. Photo: Karen Schaefer

Cleaning up a toxic river

The Ashtabula River may soon be the first Ohio river to come off Ohio’s list of Great Lakes toxic hotspots.

The cost has been astronomical, but advocates say clean up of the toxins protects Lake Erie fishing and tourism.