Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli was scheduled to be in Columbus Tuesday as the keynote speaker at an Ohio conference on opiates and other drugs. He was also scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion with health care leaders on the impact of opioids on infants and expectant mothers.
State Revisits Algae Blooms
Ohio plans to have two study groups research how to better fight toxic algae on Lake Erie after seeing a concentrated algae bloom in its western basin this year.
The algae bloom this year added to the “dead zone” where fish can’t live and that it could threaten the lake’s tourism industry, valued at $10 billion. Runoffs of fertilizer, manure and sewage contribute phosphorus that feed blue-green algae, which can produce toxins
that can sicken people and animals.
Environmentalists say officials need to take action to reduce such runoffs from farms and sewage treatment facilities before the algae problem worsens.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Agriculture each plan to have a panel work on the issue.