Today, Governor John Kasich signed into law a bipartisan bill to reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie. The signing of Senate Bill 1 comes a little less than a year after 500,000 Toledo residents were left without clean drinking water for three days after toxic algae blooms contaminated the water supply in the Western Lake Erie basin. Kasich signed the legislation at Maumee Bay State Park, not far from the location of last year’s bloom.

“This is an important first step in protecting our most valuable natural resource for generations to come,” said Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon). “I am pleased we were able to come together in a bipartisan way to give the lake the attention it deserves while ensuring our region can continue be prosperous in a responsible way.”           

The new law prohibits the application of fertilizer and manure on frozen and saturated ground within the western basin of Lake Erie. The bill will also require some publicly-owned water treatment facilities to begin monthly monitoring of phosphorus by December 1, 2016. Starting on July 1, 2020, the legislation bans depositing dredged material in Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie and its tributaries.

“I look forward to continuing the work we started here to provide opportunity for our state and region with clean water for businesses and residents,” added Rep. Sheehy. “The current drought advisory in California only reinforces how precious of a resource Lake Erie is and how important it is to protect it.”

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