State Boosting Lake Cleanup Efforts

(Columbus, OH) Work to remove toxic algae from Lake Erie is being concentrated under one Ohio agency. 

State lawmakers approved a measure last week that placed the Ohio Lake Erie Commission in charge of a campaign to reduce phosphorous runoff from farms over the next ten years. 

Supporters say having one agency oversee the work will help control costs and avoid overlapping research.

But the Ohio Lake Erie Commission touches several state agencies, because the board consists of high-level Cabinet members-- including the directors of the Ohio EPA, ODOT, DNR, Department of Agriculture, and the state health department.

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