Ohio EPA finds water quality problems in Sandusky Bay tributaries

SANDUSKY A recently released Ohio Environmental Protection Agency study shows problematic levels of nitrates and phosphorus in Sandusky Bay tributaries. Such concentrations of nutrients can cause algae growth and low oxygen levels in the waterways.
Sarah Weber
Jun 28, 2010

SANDUSKY

A recently released Ohio Environmental Protection Agency study shows problematic levels of nitrates and phosphorus in Sandusky Bay tributaries.

Such concentrations of nutrients can cause algae growth and low oxygen levels in the waterways.

"These types of impairments are fairly typical in most parts of the state, but especially in Northwest Ohio," Ohio EPA spokeswoman Dina Pierce said.

The flat, agricultural landscape of the area creates more opportunity for manure and septic runoff to enter streams and rivers. The result is damage to the ecosystem, she said, especially to sensitive fish, invertebrate and water insect populations.

Research done in 2009 on Green Creek, Pickerel Creek, Raccoon Creek, Beaver Creek, Mills Creek, South Creek, Muskellunge Creek, Pipe Creek and the Sandusky River from Fremont to the bay revealed two-thirds of the tributaries are not meeting Ohio water quality standards.

Mills and South creeks have been negatively impacted by livestock access to the streams, and Buck Creek has been negatively affected by crop production and pesticides.

Researchers found Bark Creek has problems associated with failing home septic systems and the lack of sewer systems around it.

On the bright side, researchers also found upgrades to Bellevue and Clyde wastewater treatment plants have led to improved water quality to both Mills and Raccoon creeks. But further reductions in nutrient discharges are needed, the agency said.

Having recorded the health of waterways and sources of pollution, the Ohio EPA can now work with local governments and residents to improve the water quality of the tributaries. Such improvements could include creating buffers between farm fields and streams, fencing livestock out of streams and replacing or repairing septic systems.

Pierce said the agency will soon meet with community members to get feedback on the study and ongoing work to improve the waterways.

The Ohio EPA noted the study area does include eastern Sandusky County where state health officials identified a childhood cancer cluster. The Ohio EPA said the study results do not indicate water quality problems associated with known causes of cancer.

Comments

EddieOs

The vast quanties of fertizer used by the farmers is staggering. And the pesticide and herbicide use is tremendous. Used to be corn was "knee high by the fourth of july"...now the corn is 5 feet tall end of June, genetically modified, super weeds are developing and our water supply is slowly being poisoned. What the h.ll are we doing?

Taxpayer

High nitrates?  You freak environmentalists should love this one.  Every spring, PEOPLE fertilize their lawns, landscaping and farmers fertilize their crops.  NO one is dumping manuer into the streams.  We have so much rain the manuer is breaking down and soaking through or draining into ALL of the lake tributaries.  Does it affect the aquatic eco-system of the lake?  Every year.  It has rained so much, I am sure people will throw more fertilizer on their lawns because their first application has washed away.  I am sure you liberals want to BAN fertilizers and pesticides just like you want the farmers to "plug the hole" to prevent "green house gas" being emitted by livestock flatulence in poluting the atmosphere.  Ha! Ha!  I believe you crybabies are the ones preaching a pompous and turgid life style.  Ha! Ha!  Don't like it??  Don't eat anything!!  Now that sounds like the best liberal solution to cut down on YOUR gastric pretensions.  Ha! Ha! 

SaveLakeErie

There are about 3140 counties and county equivalents in the United States.  
This is a ranking of nitric acid discharges per county by pounds:

1.    SANDUSKY, OH    7,600,935
2.    OUACHITA, LA    4,168,407
3.    VICTORIA, TX    3,948,259
4.    ESCAMBIA, FL    227,173
5.    ASCENSION, LA    100,448
95.    COWETA, GA    4,000
96.    BUCKS, PA    3,990
97.    LARAMIE, WY    3,972
98.    HENDERSON, NC    3,950
99.    CARROLL, GA    3,915
100.    MONROE, NY    3,912
 

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Truth or Dare

Hey SaveLakeErie:  All the more reason people should watch the PBS special entitled "Freshwater Seas;  The Great Lakes Region:.  Just saw it on PBS a couple of weeks ago.

The EPA says our drinking water hasn't been Affected?  Yeah, right!

"Nitric acid HNO3, is a colorless, highly corrosive, highly poisonous liquid that gives off choking red or yellow fumes in moist air........High levels of nitrates in drinking water can contribute to the formation of  nitrosimines, a group of CARCINOGENIC (CANCER CAUSING) COMPOUNDS"! 

A perfect explanation as to our high cancer rate, especially in children!  All it takes is for one damaged cell in the human body to be attacked by this type of poison, and poof, you're diagnosed w/any one of the over 100 different forms of cancer out there!  The destruction of the ecosystem within the U.S. has taken place in RECORD TIME!

tortoise

Alright, this is distrubing... The study asks to prohibit recreational use in Mills Creek, and look at this photo eriewire added to their article: Family in Mills Creek