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.
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.