COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is a step closer to setting new rules on how much water farms and factories in Ohio can draw from Lake Erie despite objections that the rules will hurt the environment.
The state Senate approved the new rules Tuesday.
Gov. John Kasich has indicated he'll sign the bill into law that establishes regulations for large-scale withdrawals from Lake Erie and its tributaries.
Environmentalists are most upset about language involving the protection of rivers from huge water withdrawals.
Two former governors, environmental groups and anglers say the bill doesn't do enough to protect the lake. Supporters say it both protects the environment and helps businesses.
The head of the Ohio Sportsman's League has said there's a good chance his group will file a lawsuit if the rules are adopted.
The Associated Press