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Tour of CAFO sites prompts debate – Toledo Blade

May 3, 2017

Group: More attention must be paid to tiny dissolved reactive phosphorus

HUDSON, Mich. — Twenty-one people participated in an extensive driving tour Monday around concentrated animal feeding operations — or CAFOs — on Monday.

Attendees included Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz and Ohio Rep. Michael Sheehy (D., Oregon). It was the second annual CAFO tour sponsored...

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OH Elected Officials visit CAFOs in OH & MI to learn about Manure Pollution

May 2, 2017

Environmental activists, elected officials visit large farming operation

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) Channel 11, CBS

Elected officials along with some concerned neighbors visited a concentrated animal farming operation (CAFO) Monday to see how manure is getting into the waterways. A CAFO is categorized as a feeding operation with more than 1000 live animal units.This is equivalent to 125,000 broiler chickens...

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Terrehaven Manure Application 4.19.17 – prior to Rainfall

April 20, 2017

Terrehaven manure application April 19, 2017

11:44 a.m. on 4.91.17, west side of Townline Hwy., within 24 hours before a 78% (NWS MOS P24 of 78) chance of a 1/2-inch or greater (NWS MOS Q24 of 4) rainfall.

Terrehaven Manure Application 4.19.17 prior to Rainfall Terrehaven Manure Application 4.19.17 prior to Rainfall...

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‘We have to speak up’: Local officials share water worries – Lorain, OH

March 24, 2017

LORAIN — Local officials met Wednesday with the Ohio Environmental Council to raise awareness about the dangers of algal blooms in conjunction with World Water Day.

Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the blooms, which are fed by fertilizer and chemicals ending up in Lake Erie after heavy rainfall, had adverse effects on the city of Toledo...

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Best Practice: No application of Manure waste if nothing growing.

February 17, 2017

Ohio State University's Extension office & Ohio's Department of Agriculture reminded farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin of Best Practices and Ohio law on February 15, 2017

"In the western Lake Erie basin watershed, the application of manure to frozen and snow covered soils require there to be a growing crop in the field. This could be a...

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Surge in methane emissions from Agricultural Sources threatens climate

December 15, 2016

Growing role of Methane in Climate Change

Environmental Research Letters, 12/12/16 

Unlike CO2, atmospheric methane concentrations are rising faster than at any time in the past two decades and, since 2014, are now approaching the most greenhouse-gas-intensive scenarios. The reasons for this renewed growth are still unclear, primarily because of uncertainties in the global methane budget. New analysis suggests that...

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Dingell asks EPA to declare Lake Erie Impaired – Detroit Free Press 11/29/16

November 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, (Michigan) and an Ohio colleague asked the head of the Environmental Protection Agency today to formally declare water quality in the western part of Lake Erie as impaired, a move that could help reduce pollutants flowing into it.

Dingell and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, sent the letter today to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy,...

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Status Quo not Working for Lake Erie: Opinion, Toledo Blade

November 25, 2016

Opinion: Toledo Blade Mike Ferner

Re: Toledo Rotary Club Lake Erie Watershed Conference - 

Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, 11/15/16

"The vast majority of manure isn’t stored in neat “manure barns” or applied by horse-drawn wagon. It’s held in enormous, open cesspools, pumped into tanker trucks and spread in heavy, reeking torrents onto any agreeable land owner’s property — to the lasting detriment of rural life...

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Chesapeake Bay = Billions for Impaired Waters; Is Lake Erie Next, Toledo Blade

November 25, 2016

Billions for Chesapeake Bay Impaired Waters
Toledo Blade, Tom Henry

Pressure by federal officials six years ago to save the ailing Chesapeake Bay has prompted 11 federal agencies to invest $2.84 billion into that ecosystem, including $515 million last year and $487 million this year.

That effort has generated some mind-bending dollar signs. 

But many people remain confused over what parallels exist...

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