State Representative Jeffery Rezabek (R-Clayton) announced that House Bill 61, legislation addressing some of the most important issues pertaining to water quality in Ohio, including the recent, harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, passed the Ohio House during today’s session.

Among other provisions, Substitute House Bill 61 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.

“I want to applaud the agriculture industry for being proactive in its approach and being at the forefront of addressing water quality,” Rezabek said. “Sitting on the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, I have seen first-hand just how hard the agriculture community has been working to become more responsible in their conservation practices and protecting our natural resources.”

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.

HB 61 will now head to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

Featured Posts