Funding To Protect Lake Erie Met With Reservations

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More than $20 million could soon be pumped into projects that help keep Lake Erie clean.

Most of that money would help fund equipment that helps limit nutrient runoff from farmland. But there are state leaders and environmental advocates who believe that’s still not good enough.

The bill would also increase funding to voluntary projects that battle harmful algal blooms in the Lake Erie watershed.

Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler argues data shows that the voluntary programs aren’t doing enough.

“Introducing focused regulatory action must be taken we believe swiftly and appropriately to ensure we show meaningful progress in protecting our crown jewel, Lake Erie,” he said.

Republican House Speaker Ryan Smith said the cause and the fix to the algae problem isn’t clear. So he wants more discussion before implementing more regulations on farming, Ohio’s largest industry.