Toxic algae is a serious problem in Ohio. In 2015, Lake Erie experienced the largest growth of toxic algae on record, and in 2014, toxic algae left Toledo residents without safe drinking water for nearly three days. Each year toxic algae contaminates Grand Lake St. Marys, Buckeye Lake, and in 2015 a massive growth stretched over 650 miles of the Ohio River.
Studies have concluded time and again that a major cause of toxic algae is phosphorus pollution from animal manure and crop fertilizers. Unfortunately, Ohio has not taken strong steps to curb the toxic algae resulting from agricultural pollution.
I am adding my name to this petition to demand Ohio’s leaders get serious about toxic algae by adopting these solutions for cutting agricultural pollution:
Require Plans that Prevent Pollution - We need farmers and livestock producers to develop and follow individual plans to control pollution.
Stop Over-Fertilizing Crops - We need reasonable limits on the amount of fertilizer and manure in order to avoid excess applications above what is necessary for optimal crop growth.
Improve Compliance and Enforcement - Ohio needs to strengthen its ability to hold violators accountable and institute a system of verification and compliance that ensures plans and rules are being appropriately followed.
Set Pollution Limits - Ohio needs measurable limits on the amount of phosphorus, nitrogen and soil sediments allowed into our rivers and streams in order to effectively protect our water from toxic algae.