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Ohio receives $500K to fight algal blooms

Associated Press • Nov 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Ohio will receive a $500,000 federal grant from the Fiscal Year 2013 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced Wednesday.

This grant will support the restoration initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. It will be used to implement field studies and lab experiments that assess the quality of Lake Erie.

“It is excellent news that Ohio is the first state to receive these federal funds so we can better protect water quality in Western Lake Erie,” Brown said. “Addressing toxic algal blooms is critical to protecting Ohio’s drinking water and the thousands of fishing, boating and recreation jobs that depend on clean and safe waters.”

The $500,000 grant will help protect Lake Erie by tracking the movement of phosphorus and nitrogen, which in excessive amounts is harmful to the quality of Lake Erie water. It will also provide funds for studying and analyzing Lake Erie nutrient sources that contribute to the formation of harmful algal blooms, and examining phosphorus loading to assess the effect on low oxygen levels, which are also harmful to lake water.

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