State Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) today announced the City of Huron received $8,568 from the state to purchase blue-green algae monitoring equipment for the city’s drinking water supply. Huron uses Lake Erie as their water source.
“This funding is important to protect against harmful algal blooms contaminating the city’s drinking water, but it is also a reminder that we need a comprehensive approach to address the source of harmful algal blooms,” said Redfern. “Continuing to merely treat the symptoms could put public health in jeopardy, and it will cost taxpayers more in the long run.”
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OHEPA) has made $1 million in grants available statewide, with up to $10,000 available per public water system.
This summer, a harmful algal toxin contaminated Toledo’s drinking water supply, cutting off access to water for 400,000 people for three days.
The week following the water crisis, Redfern and regional lawmakers called for action on a plan that included declaring the Maumee Watershed a “distressed watershed,” working with the Federal EPA to implement strategies to prevent a similar crisis and calling on the governor to convene a Governors task force with governors from the Lake Erie states.
Rep. Redfern represents the western-basin of Lake Erie and the largest area of the Lake Erie shoreline in the state legislature.