EPA adds another $12M for battling Lake Erie algae

TOLEDO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says federal and state agencies will be getting another $12 million to deal with the harmful algae in Lake Erie.

The EPA said Wednesday that Ohio, Michigan and Indiana will be able to get a share of the money along with federal regulators. Ohio's share will be $7.4 million, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Some of the funding will be for monitoring drinking water and tracking pollutants in waterways that go into Lake Erie.

The EPA also says a part of the $12 million will go toward encouraging farmers to cut down on the fertilizer and manure runoff that contributes to the algae problem.

The announcement comes just a little over a month after the city of Toledo's water supply was contaminated by toxins from algae on the lake.

ODNR Director Jim Zehringer released the following statement:

These grants from the US EPA are good news for our continued efforts to improve the health of Lake Erie, and we appreciate their partnership. When I and the Directors of Agriculture and EPA met with the USEPA recently regarding these grants, we emphasized the positive impact of steps such as cover crops, controlled drainage structures and soil testing This substantial commitment from US EPA will enhance Ohio's existing efforts to help farmers implement these best practices and we thank US EPA for playing a role in achieving a healthier lake.


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