Nichole Hannahs

Algae Problem Growing

by Nichole Hannahs on January 20, 2015 at 9:20 am

A toxic algae’s been found on lakes in Ohio from Lake Erie to St. Mary’s and even Buckeye Lake.

This summer the blue-green algae shut down Toledo’s water supply after their treatment facility sucked up an algae bloom. State legislators said this problem and a way to solve it is one of the top five issues being discussed between the senate and house chambers this legislative session.

“I think there’s a lot of reasons out there. We in agriculture, industrial consumers and we as private citizens need to take ownership of this and try and find a way to fix this problem. A goal should be to have high quality water,” said Republican Representative of the 97th District Brian Hill.

Senator Balderson also said the state is teaming up with others to figure out a solution.

“We are also working with other states now. Michigan and Illinois are coming in to partner up with Ohio so this is an issue that’s going to affect Ohio and it’s something we need to address,” said Republican Senator Troy Balderson of the 20th District.

Hill who chairs the House Agriculture Committee said they’ll hold meetings in the Grand Lake St. Mary’s Watershed soon to discuss the algae issue.