We are always looking for any attention that can be brought to the plight of the Grand Lake St. Marys (GLSM) watershed and we congratulate the Mercer and Auglaize counties for being recognized with the President’s Award from the State Federation of the Soil and Water Conservation District. However, the fact remains that even with all their efforts GLSM continues to be degraded after all the millions of taxpayer dollars and long hours of volunteer work. In fact the toxin readings (HAB’s) sponsored and monitored by the OEPA are at their highest level at 16 times the threshold set by them.
GLSM is the only lake in Ohio to be consecutively posted with a health advisory for the past five years. We know that when fertilizer is applied to grow excellent crops, 90 percent of it is lost to the watershed and then to GLSM.
The Nutrient Management Plans (NMP) for this distressed watershed were developed with taxpayers funding, yet there has been no transparency as to soil samplings in the watershed to justify the over application of commercial fertilizer and manure.
Now we hear there are plans to spend more millions of taxpayer money to fund programs that have not proven to be effective when the solution to the pollution should not cost the taxpayers a dime! World renowned Ohio scientists continue to tell regulators you cannot fix the lake without stopping the inflow of nutrients from the land. Nikki Hawk is correct.
If you solve the problem of Harmful Algae Blooms in this small watershed, those solutions can be transferred elsewhere. That is why we are hopeful the award to our local SWCD will bring officials to the right decision.
— Kate Anderson, President, Guardians of Grand Lake St. Marys