Farmers Can Seek Federal Money For Lake Erie Algae Fight

A Lake Erie algae bloom forecast from NOAA. (Graphic: GLERL/NOAA)
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Farmers can now seek federal money to help combat nutrient run-off into Lake Erie, which can create harmful algae blooms. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow has more.

Millions of dollars are up for grabs to livestock farmers who want to build more storage facilities for manure. The money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is earmarked for farmers in the Lake Erie Western Basin. 

Brett Gates with the Ohio Department of Agriculture says farmers recognize their role in controlling runoff and want to be part of the solution.

Gates: “This is a step they can take through this partnership that we have with Michigan and Indiana, tri-state Western Lake Erie Basin phosphorus reduction initiative.”

Storing manure from livestock farms can ensure that phosphorous is used on a more planned schedule instead of running off the land.

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