We can stop the harmful algae blooms, but we must make certain our legislators do their jobs. Lake Erie is amid another serious harmful algae bloom (HAB). We knew that the conditions were right for a serious bloom to develop with the HAB Bloom Forecast of 7.5, but hoped that it would not develop as predicted.
We can solve the problems that are creating these nearly annual events. Governor Mike DeWine has provided the leadership. His administration has developed a plan that can work. The Lake Erie Foundation has been involved with the H2Ohio Plans development and feels that it can make a difference. The plan includes an effort to targeted small watershed to evaluate on the performance of on ground practices actual impacts on nutrient losses and to create better understanding.
The leadership that Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has demonstrated in prioritizing meaningful improvements of Ohio waterways and Lake Erie with the H2Ohio initiative is encouraging, and Lake Erie Foundation continues to believe that there can be clean water and profitable farming.
The Ohio General Assembly needs to pass Gov. DeWine’s H2Ohio Initiative promptly to avoid delays in implementing the programs.
Lake Erie Foundation Board Member
League of America – National Great Lakes Committee Chair