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Leaders: Lake Erie Algae Bill Moves Ohio In Right Direction

Lake Erie
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
A satellite image shows a massive algae bloom in Lake Erie's western basin. Scientists have linked algae to water withdrawals, pollution, and farm runoff.

Legislative leaders in Ohio are praising new rules for farmers aimed at cutting down the toxic algae in Lake Erie.

The wide-ranging proposal is expected to be voted out of the Ohio House and Senate on Wednesday afternoon.

The bill would stop farmers in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen and rain-soaked fields.

It also would bring an end to the dumping of dredged sediment in the lake within five years. Both are thought to be contributing to the growth of algae in the lake.

The measure comes less than a year after a toxin contaminated the drinking water in Toledo and part of southeastern Michigan last August.

State leaders said the bill is a step toward ensuring cleaner water while providing clear regulations for the agricultural industry.