COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) today voted in favor of Substitute Senate Bill 1, legislation that addresses some of the most important issues pertaining to water quality in Ohio.


Among other provisions, Substitute Senate Bill 1 encourages establishing best nutrient management practices, such as regulating the application of fertilizer in the western basin of Lake Erie when the ground is frozen or saturated.


“This legislation goes a long way in preventing Ohio’s water ways from being polluted with toxic algae, while also making sure that the requirements are attainable for farmers to comply with,” said Representative Scherer. “I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill, and to see it pass with bipartisan support under the leadership of my colleague Senator Peterson.”


In addition, beginning in 2020, the bill prohibits the depositing of dredged materials into the Maumee basin. It also requires certain publicly owned water treatment facilities to monitor the amount of phosphorous in the water and to require some treatment facilities to submit an evaluation of how it might reduce the level of phosphorous.


SB 1 incorporates provisions that give farmers an opportunity to come into compliance without being penalized. For small and medium operators who may be in violation of the law, the legislation enables them to apply for a limited exemption and request assistance from their local Soil and Water Conservation District to resolve deficiencies in order to avoid being penalized.

 
 
 
  
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