Farmers At Least Partly To Blame For Toledo Water Crisis

The blue-green algae inundating Lake Erie and some other Ohio lakes is fueled by fertilizer runoff from farm fields and lawns.(Photo: Flickr)
The blue-green algae inundating Lake Erie and some other Ohio lakes is fueled by fertilizer runoff from farm fields and lawns.(Photo: Flickr)

The mayor of Toledo has lifted the city’s water ban that affected nearly a half-million people over three days.

People were told to stay away from tap water after tests revealed it contained a toxin likely stemming from algae on Lake Erie. For more on how that algae forms, WOSU’s Steve Brown spoke with Larry Antosch, a water quality specialist with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Click the play button above to hear their conversation.

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