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Ohio Agriculture Leaders Say No Quick Fix To Toxic Algae Blooms

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Fertilizer and manure runoff from field crops like this Madison County soybean field are major cause of algae blooms in Ohio lakes. Ohio ag interests say they're taking steps to reduce the threat.
3:33PM
September
18, 2014

Ohio’s agricultural interests are recovering from a black eye caused by toxic algae this summer. Now farm groups, academia, and environmental agencies say they’ll spend millions of dollars to keep commercial fertilizer and manure nutrients on the field and out Northwest Ohio streams that feed western Lake Erie.

Ohio’s U.S. Senators Back Bills To Help Cities Clean Water

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Algae blooms on Lake Erie this summer forced Toledo to cut its water supply to 500,000 customers earlier this summer.
8:55AM
September
11, 2014

Ohio’s U.S. Senators have introduced two bills that address the problems with toxic microcystins, a result of blue-green algae in the state’s waters. But, neither piece of legislation gets at the primary source of the pollution.

Farmers At Least Partly To Blame For Toledo Water Crisis

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The blue-green algae inundating Lake Erie and some other Ohio lakes is fueled by fertilizer runoff from farm fields and lawns.
8:46AM
August
5, 2014

About a half-million people were told to avoid their tap water after tests showed a toxin linked to algae found in Lake Erie. That algae is fueled by fertilizer runoff.

Toledo Mayor Lifts Water Ban

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Toledo officials issued the water warning in Ohio's fourth-largest city early Saturday after tests revealed the presence of a toxin likely from algae on Lake Erie.
7:26AM
August
4, 2014

Ohio’s fourth-largest city warned residents not to use city water early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, most likely from algae on Lake Erie.

Agency Using New Scale To Grade Lake Erie Algae

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Lake Erie
8:42PM
July
12, 2014

Researchers are adding a new wrinkle to how they will forecast the yearly algae outbreaks on Lake Erie.

Action Called In Ohio And Other States With Toxic Algae

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Algae-saturated water at Grand Lake St. Marys in 2010
9:59AM
September
26, 2013

An environmental group is calling for national policymakers to take action after a report shows significant increase in toxic algae. Ohio is on the list of states experiencing problems.

Fighting Ohio’s Algae Problem

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Algae blooms on Lake Erie and other Ohio lakes have hit the tourism industry in regions that rely heavily on visitors spending money.
8:26AM
August
5, 2013

Persistent toxic algae blooms are wreaking havoc on Ohio’s multi-billion dollar lake tourism industry. Elected officials and state agencies are fighting back with new tools to better help them monitor the blooms and reduce the nutrients feeding them from Ohio farms and cities. But the battle isn’t over yet.

Hot Weather, Algae Kills Fish At Ohio Lake

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Algae-saturated water at Grand Lake St. Marys in 2010
11:46AM
July
25, 2013

High temperatures have contributed to the growth of toxic blue-green algae that has killed scores of fish in Ohio’s largest inland lake.

State Considers “Certifying” Farmers To Cut Algae Blooms

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8:31AM
June
27, 2013

Algae blooms are a big problem on Ohio’s lakes: they’re toxic and can have a big impact on tourism. Now state lawmakers are looking at “certifying” farmers as one way to tone it down.

Ohio Program Aims To Cut Down On Lake Erie’s Algae

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Lake Erie
10:20PM
April
13, 2013

Ohio’s natural resources department says more than 35,000 acres of farmland have been put into a program that’s designed to reduce the amount of fertilizer that ends up in Lake Erie.