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State leaders shirk

Grand Lake responsibility

State Sen. Keith Faber and state Rep. Jim Buchy need to do some basic research before making claims that Grand Lake St. Marys has cleaner water coming into the lake than before and that the lake is cleaner.

The facts do not support this position.

The Heidelberg University water quality monitoring station located on the Big Chickasaw River indicates Phosphorous levels are higher than ever before. In fact levels have now reached 40 times higher than acceptable levels. The levels monitored in August, September and October, 2012 were some of the highest since the “distressed Watershed” Regulations came into effect.

The OEPA has again posted the lake with a health advisory due to the highest Microsystin toxin levels being reported at 17 times greater than the acceptable limits for human contact. In fact, Grand Lake remains the only lake in Ohio with a health advisory posting. After spending $20 million of taxpayers’ dollars, the Kasich Administration has failed to cleanup the lake and eliminates the health advisory posting.

We will not see any improvements in the water quality until our elected officials and the Kasich Administration stop ignoring the root cause of the degradation of the lake.

The ultimate solution to the degradation of the lake is simple and free to taxpayers. If your Phosphorous level is above that needed to grow good crops, then you should not be permitted to apply anymore phosphorous until the soil actually requires it. This will drive the process for all landowners to manage their property. The soil samples should be taken annually and it should not take three years to become a certified nutrient applicator.

Furthermore, why are the farmers in a “distressed watershed” given more lenient requirements than a large permitted Animal Feeding Operation? An acre of ground should be managed equally everywhere.

— Kate Anderson, St. Marys

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