Ohio Senate approves bill on Lake Erie dredge dispoal optionsEnvironmental Issues // March 20, 2017
The Toledo Blade reports that the the Ohio Senate has unanimously approved a bill requiring the state to develop rules for the alternative disposal of sediment dredged from Lake Erie.
Senate Bill 2, sponsored by state Sen Cliff Hite (R. Findlay), was requested by Governor John Kasich’s administration as it prepares for a state ban on open lake dumping of such materials by mid-2020 and works to reduce phosphorous runoff that helps to feed harmful algal blooms like those that threatened Toledo’s drinking water in 2014.
The bill also requires public water treatment facilities to implement funding strategies for the long-term maintenance of their facilities.
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