Toxic Algae Pollution in Grand Lake St. Marys


Toxic algae is poisoning Grand Lake St. Marys. What can be done to make the water safe for recreation and fishing?

Joining the discussion: The Ohio State University (OSU) evolution, ecology, and organismal biology professor emeritus David Culver, Lake Improvement association president Tim Lovett, OSU agricultural, environmental and development economics professor Brent Sohngen, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation environmental policy senior director Larry Antosch and The Columbus Dispatch political reporter Mark Niquette.

  • Gov. Ted Strickland announced (July 30) short- and long-term plans to deal with the toxic algae choking Grand Lake St. Marys. One involves treating the polluted lake. The other would require farmers in the area to control manure that runs off their land and eventually into the lake. (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Testing lakes not funding priority – The Columbus Dispatch - The state will spend nearly $8 million this year to improve, promote and stock its lakes with sport fish. Why? Because Ohio’s 1.1 million anglers spend an estimated $1.1 billion annually related to fishing. But with increasing reports of toxic algae choking Ohio’s lakes, possibly sickening visitors, killing fish and maybe even some pets, how much does the state spend on testing the 400 public lakes to ensure safe swimming, boating and fishing?

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