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"The $37.4 billion energy and water funding bill would have blocked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from dumping dredged material directly into Lake Erie without the state of Ohio's permission. Republicans who objected to a provision in the bill to block federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender employees voted against the bill along with Democrats who disliked some of its other aspects.", www.cleveland.com
"A year ago, Ohio joined an historic agreement with Michigan and Ontario to reduce algae-feeding phosphorus runoff from farm fields into Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025. On Wednesday, officials at the Ohio EPA told us how they expect to reach that goal.", www.cleveland.com
"DELAWARE — The Kasich administration offered a first look on Wednesday of its plan to reduce toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. That plan, however, doesn't require farmers to change their practices, something scientists and environmentalists say is necessary to restore the lake.", www.dispatch.com
"The plan does not include any new regulations on the farm industry or additional money, but it does suggest coming up with a comprehensive funding plan for programs targeting the algae blooms threatening drinking water. The plan rolled out Wednesday is the state's blueprint for reaching a 40 percent reduction in the phosphorus runoff that fuels the algae in the lake's western end. The blooms have contaminated drinking water supplies, turned the waters a shade of green that looks like pea soup and contributed to oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can't survive. Other aspects of the plan include continuing to make improvements at waste water treatment plants, fixing leaking septic systems and restoring wetlands.", www.chron.com