Drowning is second only to car accidents in unintentional death for children age one to 14, and is the leading cause of accidental death for those four and under.
By Karen Schaefer
After June’s record-breaking rain, communities in western Lake Erie are bracing for another bad year for algae blooms. But help is on the way. A new federally-funded, tri-state initiative to help farmers reduce fertilizer run-off is ready to take the battle against algae to a new level. KRIS SWARTZ: We got 4-point-5 inches, something like that, over the weekend here. SCHAEFER: That’s 4.5-inches of rain. This spring, the rain in western Ohio has been relentless, nearly four inches above normal for June. On his Wood County farm near Perrysburg just south of Toledo, Kris Swartz gazes out over fields where the yellowing tops of corn stalks are barely visible above sheets of standing water. It’s a daunting sight, but Swartz has reason for optimism. Standing with him in his equipment shed to escape the rain are about fifty new partners from three states.
One concern: largemouth bass may be competing with and eating the young of the popular walleye.
Farmers from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana will share $17.5 million to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Erie.