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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
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday it has completed its investigation into three separate cases of illegal manure-spreading that resulted in 66,701 fish and possibly other animals being killed in the Maumee River watershed in August.
The department is seeking a total of $32,782.87 in restitution, Matt Eiselstein, Ohio DNR spokesman, said.
The Ohio DNR’s investigation is apparently one of...Read More
A potentially harmful algae bloom covered more than 700 square miles in the western basin of Lake Erie last week, turning the lake bright green and alarming residents and local officials.
Scientists say that algae blooms have been a growing problem for Lake Erie since the 2000s, mostly because of the extensive use of fertilizer on the...Read More
Toledo — For nearly a week, the Maumee River that runs through the downtown has looked like the Chicago River after it’s dyed for St. Patrick’s Day.
An algal bloom has turned the river, western edge of Lake Erie from here up to Canada florescent green, alarming residents and prompting local officials to lobby the Environmental Protection Agency...Read More
Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson reversed course Tuesday and announced she would support the effort to get Lake Erie's western basin declared impaired because of excessive algae.
The mayor made the announcement in Middlegrounds Metropark on the banks of the Maumee River, which was a blend of dark and near-florescent green.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department issued a recreational public health advisory because...Read More
In response to the editorial "Law-abiding livestock should be approved," it is clear that the writer could benefit from further education regarding the detrimental effects a hog operation can have on a community (particularly Devils Lake).
You say "critics who simply don't want to smell pig manure must accept that they live in an...Read More