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Real state of the state on water quality paints murky picture

Ohio must lead to protect Great Lakes, drinking water
April 6, 2016
Michael Sheehy News

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today reacted to Governor’s Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that although work has been done to address the water quality in Ohio more needs to be done. Specifically, Rep. Sheehy wanted to hear more about Governor Kasich’s plan going forward to mitigate the water quality issues facing Northwestern Ohio.

“Governor Kasich left much to be desired in learning about how he plans to combat the harmful algal bloom problem that plagues Northwestern Ohio,” said Sheehy. “Now is the time for Governor Kasich to lead on this issue and to make Ohio an example for the Great Lakes region, and the country, by having a plan to protect one of our most precious resources.”

Since taking office, Gov. Kasich has cut over $1.7 billion in local community funding, money that cities and towns use to pay for police and fire, keep the roads paved and the water clean, and provide a quality public education to our children. In August 2014, Toledo issued a “do not drink” advisory for three days due to high levels of toxins in the water caused by harmful algal blooms.