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Ohio environmental groups partner with farmers to keep Lake Erie clean
Millions of dollars are being devoted to new conservation practices

Ozie Ikuenobe
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The Healthy Lake Erie Fund has now provided nearly $2.5 million to help farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin use better conservation practices on their fields. The new methods are meant to reduce the harmful nutrients that enter the lake.

Mark Bruce, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, says that many farmers have been eager to help protect Lake Erie because they realize how valuable it is.

Ohio envrionment groups partner with farmers to keep Lake Erie clean

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“More than 35,000 new acres are using some of these conservation practices. We’re talking about cover crops, your variable-rate fertilizer applications, and nutrient incorporation and controlled drainage structures. These four focus areas are going to reduce nutrients getting into Lake Erie and that will help to prevent future water quality issues.”

The fund has another half a million dollars in it, which Bruce expects will be appropriated by the end of June.

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