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Ohio legislature will renew attempt to repair Lake Erie

Dec 25, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's lawmakers aren't likely to wait long next year before taking another shot at tackling the cyanobacteria problem in Lake Erie.

  The Legislature ran out of time this month before it could pass a bill that outlined new rules for farmers and water treatment plant operators.

  But a key state lawmaker behind the plan that would ban farmers in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen fields expects the proposals to come back before the Legislature in January.

Western Lake Erie turns green from cyanobacteria blooms.
Credit Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Several in the Legislature and within the governor's administration say addressing the algae in Lake Erie will be a top priority in the coming year.

  It has been nearly five months since toxins from the algae left residents around Toledo and in southeastern Michigan without water for two days.