Environmental Justice / Lake Erie

Local officials, urban and environmental groups pledge united effort against algae

The green scum shown in this 2011 image was the worst algae bloom Lake Erie had experienced in decades. Image captured by the Landsat-5 satellite (Credit: United States Geological Survey).

TOLEDO — “Representatives from several groups announced today they are united in efforts to combat another season of toxic western Lake Erie algae.

Standing along the river banks on the south end of Sidecut Metropark, leaders with Toledo City Council, the Lucas County Board of Commissioners, the Ohio Environmental Council, and an urban advocacy group called JLJ Vision Outreach also took aim at the Trump administration budget plan that would decimate federal funding for Great Lakes scientific research.

Councilman Peter Ujvagi said it is imperative for the city of Toledo to continue to ‘do its part’ by finishing off improvements to its sewage system and upgrades to its Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

…He said the Trump administration’s plan to gut budgets for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other agencies with major roles in Great Lakes research is ‘a travesty.’ The administration’s plan would not only reduce the U.S. EPA’s overall budget by about 30 percent but also would end federal funding for the agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which Congress usually funds at about $300 million a year. Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory, which anchor much of Ohio’s Lake Erie research, also would lose most or all of its federal funding.”

— Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

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