Lake Erie

The swimming portion of the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship in Cleveland is good to go for this weekend.

Heavy rainfall this week spiked bacteria levels in Lake Erie, causing Edgewater Park’s beach to close until Thursday.

photo of a wind turbine

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, July 31:

  • Ohio EPA approves wind turbine project;
  • Gov. Kasich signs payday lending bill;
  • Cultivator license awarded to Eastlake med pot business;
  • Canton pushes Market Square project forward;
  • Baldwin Wallace strips theater building namesakes amid allegations;
  • Ohio University drops ban on spontaneous protests;
  • Three charged in Cleveland construction site scam;

Ohio EPA approves wind turbine project

photo of Ohio farmland

A large agriculture group is fighting Gov. John Kasich’s proposals that are meant to clean Lake Erie through farming regulations. Kasich wants to set rules on fertilizer and manure on farmland. But not all farmers are against the proposal.

The Ohio Farmers Union says the state needs to implement sensible, science-based regulations in order to keep chemicals from flowing off farmland and into the waterways.

Satellite view of algae August 3, 2014
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Nearly $600,000 in federal grant money is on its way to improve the early warning system for algal blooms in Lake Erie.  The funding will be used to upgrade data gathering and public access to what’s learned.

The dollars are going to the Great Lakes Observing System, which coordinates information from federal, state and local agencies monitoring the lake.

GLOS Communications Director Kristin Schrader said the plan is to refine analysis of lake data so that algal blooms are spotted early and that warnings about them are accurate.

photo of Lake Erie algae bloom

Gov. John Kasich is fighting for his clean Lake Erie initiative that includes tougher regulations on Ohio’s No. 1 industry. As Kasich argues, his proposed rules on fertilizer is in everyone’s best interest.