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TOLEDO, Ohio - A state task force looking at ways to reduce the harmful algae in western Lake Erie plans on calling for a major change.

A report from the Ohio Phosphorus Task Force will recommend a 40 percent reduction in all forms of phosphorus that go into northwest Ohio's rivers and streams that flow into Lake Erie.

Phosphorus from farm fertilizer runoff and sewage treatment plants feed the algae that leave behind toxins that can kill animals and foul drinking water.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports that part of the task force report was released Friday at a conference in Toledo on Lake Erie's algae problem.

State and federal lawmakers will likely consider the recommendations when deciding whether to add new regulations aimed at improving water quality.