While most farmers aren’t happy about the newly-minted ordinance, they’re not overly concerned about it, either. Many of them at the Oak Harbor event were confident in their efforts to keep their operations as environmentally-friendly as possible.
The walleye population in Lake Erie has exploded during the past few years — the fishing is considered to be great, and fisheries managers say it will likely get better in the near future as younger fish grow to keeping size.
Although the Lucas County Board of Elections in a 3-0 vote approved the ballot initiative last month, a second protest filed the day after Christmas on behalf of Josh Abernathy is before the Ohio Supreme Court and could, ultimately, prevent the grassroots initiative from appearing on the ballot.
An effort by residents of a Midwest city to bestow Lake Erie, its tributaries and all its watersheds some of the same rights as American citizens has faltered for a third time. If approved, organizers say it would be the first use of Rights of Nature to protect a specific ecosystem…