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Ohio EPA Creates New Nutrient Management Strategy

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The state’s Environmental Protection Agency is revising its strategy in the battle against algae. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow explains, the Ohio EPA is taking a scientifically-advanced approach to nutrient management.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Nitrogen and phosphorus are two major components to harmful algal blooms, which increased in Lake Erie compared to last year. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing a new plan from the state EPA to fight these elements.

Ohio’s revamped strategy to address nutrient issues in the state’s waterways includes a more robust analysis, according to Chris Abbruzzese, the agency’s spokesperson. He explains that the old system used a one-size-fits all number while the new game plan would implement more evidence-based criteria in determining the health and quality of a stream or river.

Abbruzzese says Ohio was one of the first states to submit a new strategy to the federal EPA.

“Well I don’t think it’s any surprise to anyone that we’re having some nutrient impairment issues in our waterways," Abbruzzesse said, "But the state has really taken a very proactive approach to address these nutrient issues.”

The Senate is also deliberating a bill that to create fertilizer management standards for agriculture.

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