Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
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.
A two-year, $8.5 million project to stop toxic algae in Ohio’s largest inland lake isn’t working.
The Governor vetoed an earlier version of the bill after it was sharply criticized by environmentalists, former Ohio governors, and current governors in other Great Lakes states.
State officials worry tainted water could hurt Lake Erie’s $10 billion tourism industry.
Farm runoff was one major catalyst for the toxic green-blue algae that closed Ohio waterways and shut down tourism at parks this summer. A federal farm official visited Columbus to discuss ways her agency will work with farmers and other private land owners to create sustainable agriculture.
Another Ohio lake could be off limits to swimmers and boaters if lab results come back that it has toxic algae. The toxic scum have flourished in ponds and lakes across Ohio this summer. WOSU found out why.
The blue-green algae that has taken over Grand Lake St. Marys this summer was discovered on a Y campground in Bellefontaine. Summer campers have been banned from swimming in the camp’s lake.
Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio is the state’s largest inland lake. It’s a state park that for years has been a popular tourist destination. But farm runoff has polluted the waters. Now there’s an algae bloom that’s the worst in the lake’s history. Tourism is drying up and some local people are irritated by what they believe is inaction by state officials.
It’s been called Return of the Green Slime. Gobs of algae have become more abundant over the past ten years in the Great Lakes, and especially in Lake Erie. But these algal blooms aren’t just a nuisance. They disrupt the ecosystem, hurt local economies, and can pose a serious health risk.