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The Kasich administration — after years of resistance on behalf of agriculture — announced Thursday it has reversed itself on northwest Ohio’s arguably most contentious water-policy issue and will declare the open waters of western Lake Erie as impaired.
Although details of the impairment designation are still to be worked out, it will invariably mean tighter rules for agriculture and others...Read More
Great Lakes Now 1/22/2018
The push and pull between Michigan’s growing agriculture industry and the need to protect drinking water, beach recreation and tourism continues to play out, evidenced by a request to establish a factory pig farm a few miles from Lake Michigan.
The proposed Marsh Swine farm near Montague, Michigan would house 4,000 pigs in a facility...Read More
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed itself on the western Lake Erie impairment issue, admitting it was wrong to approve a Kasich administration plan that relied on voluntary action to reduce algae-inducing runoff.
The federal agency said in a Jan. 12 letter to Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler it has reevaluated Ohio’s Oct. 20, 2016, submission, which did not recommend an impairment...Read More
The International Joint Commission, the federal agency that represents the State Department in discussions with Canada, has called on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to push for Lake Erie to be declared impaired, saying that volunteer incentives for farmers are not working.
The agency has no power over state decisions, but they become another voice calling for impairment status. Mr. Kasich, are...Read More
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday.
Inadequately treated sewage, industrial chemicals and farm runoff are still flowing into the five lakes that provide drinking water for about 40 million...
OREGON, OH (WTOL) -
Oregon City Council is drawing a line in the sand.
They unanimously approved a resolution Monday, demanding more oversight of the manure runoff that's impacting our water.
Sandy Bihn said the clock has run out on improving the condition of Lake Erie.
“We can't expect the lake to get bluer, not greener every year," said Bihn.
Bihn is on Oregon...Read More
NOAA Lake Erie Bulletin: 2017 Bloom Analysis[caption id="attachment_2416" align="aligncenter" width="791"] Experimental Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin
7 November 2017, Bulletin 35, Seasonal Assessment[/caption]
The toxic algae that spread across Lake Erie this summer roughly matched its third-most severe...Read More
Toledo City Council Tuesday approved a resolution urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate the western basin of Lake Erie impaired — a move already made by other officials including the Lucas County Commissioners and Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.
Council voted 11-1 in favor of the resolution.
Councilman Peter Ujvagi, who sponsored the council resolution, said it is critical that government...Read More