Lake Erie / Water Quality

Ohio releases plan to curb Lake Erie algae blooms by 2025

Lake Erie water that has turned green from an algae bloom laps ashore at South Bass Island State Park.

COLUMBUS — “Ohio has taken the first step in its role in a bi-national plan to address the annual toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.

The state released its ‘Domestic Action Plan 1.0‘ on Friday. It is part of a 2015 deal made among several states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Canada’s government, aimed at cutting Lake Erie’s nutrient load by 40 percent by 2025.

Its release followed weeks of anticipation from scientists and environmental groups, and includes revisions based on public input gathered earlier this year.

‘We had wanted to get it to (the U.S. EPA) sooner, actually,’ said Karl Gebhardt, executive director of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. ‘This draft is just that: a 1.0 version. We can’t let perfect get in the way of good.'”

— Marion Renault, Columbus Dispatch

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