Legislators optimistic to take more Definitive Action to tackle toxic Algae at Lake Erie

Checked--Legislators optimistic to take more Definitive Action to tackle toxic Algae at Lake Erie

The Ohio House and Senate did not pass House Bill 490, which aimed to address toxic algae at Lake Erie. Legislators are quite positive that they will surely take strong actions this year.

The bill was a massive one that included a ban on using fertilizer and manure on frozen ground in the Western Basin watershed. One of the mains reasons due to which it was not passed was it addressed many other problems that were not related to algae.

Sen. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green said that there is no doubt about the fact that Lake Erie's health should be top priority for this year. "For those concerned about the state budget and our local economy when it comes to cleaning up Lake Erie, we can't afford not to", affirmed Gardner.

The bill also called for banning open-lake dumping and in this act, dredge material enters into the open lake. The bill also included rules on oil and gas, puppy mills, telecommunications and more.

Gardner said that there were many positive things in the bill. But there were many other issues as well that were controversial and that caused a roadblock for the bill. There were many fundamental issues that were not related to algae. Now, there is a hope to see some new legislation that is just focused on dealing with algae.