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Fertilizer, Algae and Our Water


Tap water tasting odd? Columbus is spending $600,000 to treat algae in water from the Hoover Reservoir. Though this algae is believed to be safe for consumption,  the farm fertilizer runoff producing algal blooms is causing changes to our ecosystem. This hour we'll get an update on filtration efforts, and talk about a program designed to curb nutrient runoff.


  • Rick Westerfield, Division of Water Administrator, Department of Public Utilities, City of Columbus
  • Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, Western Lake Erie Basin Project Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Dr. Christopher Winslow, Assistant Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program, OSU
  • Doug Busdeker, Senior Manager of Northern Farm Centers for The Andersons Inc.