Great Lakes

Environmental groups sue EPA over condition of Lake Erie

Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit, accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of violating the Clean Water Act.

The lawsuit involves a dispute over whether western Lake Erie should be classified as an impaired waterway.

In the suit, groups including the National Wildlife Federation and the Ohio Environmental Council claim the EPA is violating federal law because it has not yet acted on Ohio’s list of impaired waters.

Environmentalists sue US EPA over Lake Erie

“The science is there and it’s voluminous that the open waters of Lake Erie are impaired ... (This) list is the first step in making sure that Ohio moves forward to mitigate toxic algae,” said Trent Dougherty, an attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, also part of Tuesday’s lawsuit.

In February, the U.S. EPA approved Michigan’s list, which includes its portion of Lake Erie’s open waters. But Michigan alone will not be able to clean the lake, conservation advocates say.

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In Ohio, farmers are being trained to avoid nutrient build

Kristy Meyer of the Ohio Environmental Council wants the training to reach even more farmers, including those who use manure. Her organization is watching to see what happens after the September deadline.

“We'd really like to start to see Department of Agriculture going out doing random audits, seeing how we're doing with this training program,” explained Meyer.

State says local health departments must monitor waterways for toxic algae

“This could strap a lot of local health districts. They have such a tight bottom line,” said Kristy Meyer, natural-resources managing director for the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council. “To add this in with no funding could be really detrimental.”

And discussions about who should test for and respond to algae blooms distracts from conversations about how to prevent them, Meyer said.

“We shouldn’t be treating the symptoms. We should be treating the disease,” she said.


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