|Program set on Lake Erie basin pollution|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:17|
Ohio's largest family farmer organization is joining a respected environmental advocacy group to educate and hear from northwest Ohio farmers and other agricultural stakeholders on the topic of a cleaner Lake Erie Water basin.
"A healthy Lake Erie is an invaluable economic and natural resource," said Roger Wise, president of the Ohio Farmers Union.
"All of us know Lake Erie has experienced some incredibly large and harmful algal blooms over the past few years. OFU is joining with the Ohio Environmental Council to put together an event where farmers and others who are dependent upon agriculture can learn and share their views and experience. This is a controversial topic for some in agriculture, but it is one that we need to address as an industry and a local economy," Wise added.
Specifically, Wise is talking about the blooms of cyanobacteria - often called blue-green algae - that have plagued Lake Erie in recent years. Increasing levels of dissolved phosphorous in the lake's water have been tied to these pollution events which are not only smelly and unsightly, but can emit toxins dangerous to human and animal health.
OFU has adopted as one of its public policy priorities this year the promotion of voluntary nutrient pollution measures on Ohio's farms.
• Joe Logan, Director of Agricultural Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council
• Ed Crawford, WLEB Program Specialist with ODNR, Division of Soil and Water Resources
• Dr. Yi Shi, Research Specialist from Michigan State University's Institute of Water Research
• Representatives from Natural Resources Conservation Services and Ohio Sea Grant
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