Latest National CAFO News
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...Read More
Growing role of Methane in Climate Change
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...Read More
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,...Read More
“In September a group of dairy producers announced it will pay more than half the cost of drinking water purification systems for residents whose wells have been polluted by animal waste.” WHY NOT ALL? AND STOP POLLUTING!!
Wisconsin State Journal, Matthew DeFour, 11/18/16
Gov. Scott Walker is seeking proposals to build anaerobic manure digesters in environmentally sensitive parts of the state to address water quality concerns.
The idea comes as the state’s water pollution monitoring has come under scrutiny by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which last month spent four days reviewing records at the Department of...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Algal blooms prompt Lake Erie ‘impaired’ designation - Detroit News
Detroit News, 11/10/2016 - The state of Michigan is designating its section of Lake Erie as an impaired waterway because of damage to fish and other wildlife caused by harmful algal blooms, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The declaration affects only the section of the lake under Michigan’s jurisdiction, which...Read More
The 80/40 Rule-
40% of Farmland source of 80% of Phosphorus in Lake Erie
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The algae bloom in parts of Lake Erie this summer didn’t come close to matching the record-breaking one from a year ago that covered an area roughly the size of New York City.
That’s because the spring and early summer months this year lacked the rainfall that...Read More
Dumping of Manure Waste in Ohio
Washington Post, AP: For those who think this election season can’t get crappier, we bring you to Warren County, Ohio, where a large truckload of manure was dumped in front of Warren County Democratic Party headquarters in Lebanon, about 35 miles northeast of Cincinnati. (on Saturday, October 29. 2016)
A sheriff’s deputy was the first to notice...Read More
Early Stage Research
COLUMBUS (OHIO) Researchers at The Ohio State University are investigating new techniques to detect organic phosphorus compounds in water samples from the Lake Erie watershed. Their goal is to develop unique phosphorus signatures that can provide a clue to the origin of phosphorus found fueling harmful algal blooms (HABs).
Dr. Paula Mouser, assistant professor...Read More