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Will President Obama sign the algae bill?
Toxic algae blooms have become a very expensive problem for the state of Ohio
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL
and TERRELL JOHNSON


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Tim Rudell
 
Satellite image of past algae blooms in western Lake Erie.
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A new algae bill that could help Ohio pay for the clean up of its water supply is on its way to the White House.

US Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says there is every indication that President Obama will sign it. Portman cited examples of just how costly dealing with algae can be, including how the city of Toledo spent $3 million so far to protect its water supply from toxic blooms in Lake Erie. 

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Portman says federal funding and the help of organizations like the Farm Bureau will improve research, monitoring and mitigation and help the state identify other solutions to the algae problem.

Grand Lake St. Mary’s and Buckeye Lake are also dealing with toxic algae blooms. 

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