COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) 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 yesterday’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.


“Our region is heavily dependent upon the health of Lake Erie as a source for fresh water and economic development through tourism,” said Rep. Anielski. “I am pleased the Ohio House is committed to addressing the challenges which face our Great Lakes to ensure we leave a healthy lake for future Ohioans.”


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 passed unanimously and will now head to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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