Ohio’s new strategy to combat the toxic algae plaguing Lake Erie will focus on reducing agriculture runoff that feeds the yearly outbreaks by offering farmers financial incentives to change their practices, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday.
In the mid-1800s, the Great Black Swamp was slowly drained as settlers dug drainage trenches and felled trees. The area is now largely farmland. But draining that swamp led to some unanticipated consequences.
The poll, released by the Environmental Law & Policy Center, follows a study that was released by the center in May showing that concentrated animal feeding operations were a major source of nutrient pollution in Lake Erie.