Plan to fight harmful algal blooms released

Kristy Meyer, managing director of natural resources for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the plan isn't tough enough.

“We are happy to see Ohio follow through on its commitment to develop a plan to address toxic algae,” Meyer said. “Unfortunately, this long overdue plan does not rein in agricultural pollution, which is the main cause of toxic algae.”

Meyer told the Register Thursday that her group believes medium and large corporate farms should be required to adopt pollution control plans mandating that only necessary amounts of manure or fertilizer will be put into the soil.

There should be audits to make sure the plans are being followed and enforcement when problems are found, Meyer said.

"This isn't going to kill farming," Meyer said.

She said saving the lake is important to the state's economy. That’s because the lake is a huge factor in Ohio tourism as well as being a main source for drinking water.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017