News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


Ohio's toxic alge blooms, and winter may have made it worse
Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is sponsoring a bill to boost federal research into the problem
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Warning signs are going up at Grand Lake St. Marys. As many as two dozen lakes and reservoirs have been affected by the blooms in the last five years.
Courtesy of Ohio EPA
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

In what’s become a sure sign of summer, warning signs about toxic algae are going up at Grand Lake St. Marys. The shallow western Ohio lake is often hardest hit of Ohio’s lakes and reservoirs, but rarely the only one fighting the blooms. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the multi-level effort.

LISTEN: The ongoing fight

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:08)


The blue-green algae is associated with a liver toxin, and early readings at Grand Lake St. Marys by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources show levels more than four times higher than state safety limits.

The algae blooms stem from phosphorus, much of it from farm and sewage runoff.  Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has repeatedly toured areas hit by the algae – including Lake Erie -- and says scientists have dashed his hopes that the harsh winter may have killed off some of the blooms this year.

"Sometimes, the cold winter kills some forms of algae they would consider good algae and makes it easier for the more harmful algae to blossom and creates even a bigger problem. I hope that's not going to be the case, but I'm concerned about it. So from a federal level we want to provide the best research to the folks on the ground so they are able to respond with the best science available and begin to deal with this issue." 

Portman is sponsoring a bill to boost federal research. Meanwhile, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is limiting how much manure farmers can spread on their fields near at Grand Lake St. Marys.

 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Canton Youth Symphony is named orchestra of the year
This is what makes CSO the hippest small town orchestra in America!

What can be expected if Ohio's tobacco taxes increase?
let's face it! The increase has little to do with smoking cessation

Rare Cleveland Indians photo from 1911 hits the auction block
Paddy Livingston, who cut his teeth on a Louisville Slugger in Kent, Ohio was one of the immortals that played in that game. He was the catcher. Ty Cobb actuall...

Nexus denies Green's request to relocate its planned gas pipeline
These people have so much power. Too much. They could care less about the people they leave when it is done. Spectra does not, and admits, they do not do the...

The former Hugo Boss plant is about to start making suits again in NE Ohio
Hugoo Boss should not even be allowed to make or sell suits in the USA ..... During WWII, they were a nazi company. They made the uniforms for the S.S.

Ohio voters remain split over gay marriage
It's all good. The bigots will get used to it, just like interracial marriage. Or they die off-either way, all is well :-)

Ohio Senate budget reduces low income housing funds
Bill is correct. Lake County receives funding to assist in the operations of permanent housing for over 90 households annually - persons who are living with a s...

Cleveland's mustard war rages on
Stadium Mustard is stolen from Bertman's and it is made in Chicago. Real thieves and creeps. Bertman's or death.

Higher drilling taxes aren't part of the newest version of the Ohio budget
The increase on the fracking tax is one of the few items on which I agree with the Governor. Last time I checked, Ohio had one of the lowest extraction taxes in...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University