Ohio House passes bill to fight algal blooms

The Ohio House voted Tuesday to approve House Bill 61, which seeks to battle harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie by reducing the amount of farm runoff that feeds the blooms.

The measure’s key provision bans farmers in the western basin of Lake Erie from applying fertilizer or manure to rain-saturated, snow-covered or frozen ground. The measure, backed by the Ohio Farm Bureau, enjoyed bipartisan support and passed with 94 votes, said Adam Rissien, agricultural and water policy director for the Ohio Environmental Council.

The Ohio Senate has passed a similar bill, Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, so next the Senate bill will be taken up by the House, and the House will begin work on the Senate measure.

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