Proposed rule for farms aims to improve Lake Erie

Ohio's lawmakers are moving toward taking on the algae that has plagued Lake Erie in recent years.

New legislation recently approved in the state House would ban farmers in much of northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen or saturated fields.

Farmers also would need to hold off if are in the forecast. Another provision would set new rules on the dumping of dredged sediment in the lake.

Both the and the dredging are thought to contribute to the that produce the kind of dangerous toxins that left residents around Toledo and in southeastern Michigan without water for two days in August.

The proposals addressing the algae problem still need approval from the Ohio Senate and Ohio's governor.


Explore further

Toledo mayor lifts water ban in northwest Ohio

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: Proposed rule for farms aims to improve Lake Erie (2014, November 30) retrieved 16 January 2021 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-farms-aims-lake-erie.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments