Local officials, urban and environmental groups pledge united effort against algae

Representatives from several groups announced today they are united in efforts to combat another season of toxic western Lake Erie algae.

Standing along the river banks on the south end of Sidecut Metropark, leaders with Toledo City Council, the Lucas County Board of Commissioners, the Ohio Environmental Council, and an urban advocacy group called JLJ Vision Outreach also took aim at the Trump administration budget plan that would decimate federal funding for Great Lakes scientific research...

Nick Mandros, Ohio Environmental Council northwest Ohio policy coordinator, said the value of fishing, boating, and other recreation should be considered in addition to the more obvious concerns about drinking water.

“A river holds a connection to a community,” he said. “Toxic algae will continue to threaten drinking water until we get serious about it.”

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017