Fighting algae is lawmakers’ top priority

Ohio legislators are making Lake Erie’s toxic algae problem their first priority this year.

Water plants on western Lake Erie voluntarily test drinking water for a toxin harmful algae can produce, called microcystin. Legislators want to make testing mandatory.

Sen. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, plans to introduce the first Senate bill of the year on Monday, and it will revolve around stopping the green slime in the lake and other Ohio waters. Continue reading

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GOP OFFERS FIRST ROUND OF BILLS IN OHIO HOUSE

By MARC KOVACReview Capital Bureau Published

COLUMBUS — Charter school accountability, water quality improvements and incentives for earning degrees for in-demand jobs are among the issues covered in the first round of bills offered by Republicans in the Ohio House Wednesday. Continue reading

The Green Room: Toxic Algae Is An ‘All Of Us’ Issue

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Toxic Algae Bloom in Lake Erie: JESSE ALLEN AND ROBERT SIMMON NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY.

Toxic algae has been plaguing Lake Erie—why, and what can we do to stop it?  Perspectives abound, especially when it comes to whether or not measures to prevent it should be voluntary or prescribed by law.  In this month’s “Green Room” show Barbara Lucas explores this simple organism and the complex problems it’s causing.  

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Getting Things Done for Ohio in 2014

Sen. Rob Portman

This past week, I hosted one of our monthly telephone town hall meetings with thousands of Ohioans from all walks of life and also had an employee town hall in northeast Ohio with factory workers, administrative staff, and executives. There were lots of points of view but also a common thread to much of what I heard. Continue reading