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PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio â€” Thereâ€™s good news on the shores of Lake Erie and across the one-third or so of Ohio that drains into the lake. While the lake continues to be in the spotlight for water quality issues and toxic algae, thereâ€™s also an unprecedented amount of action being taken â€” from farmers and residents, to landscapers and municipalities, as well as state and federal government leaders.
JOHNSTOWN, Ohio â€” Trillium Farms has applied to the Ohio Department of Agriculture to add more than 2 million chickens to its egg farm about 3 miles north of here. A decade ago, the residents of northwestern Licking County would have reacted to that news with anger and anxiety.
DEFIANCE â€” Approximately 100 local farmers gathered Thursday evening to discuss what many northwest Ohio residents have been talking about for weeks â€” the recent Toledo water crisis.
n response to the recent drinking water ban in Toledo, three senators from Ohioâ€™s Lake Erie counties have introduced SB 356 to expand and accelerate fertilizer certification legislation passed earlier this year. Senators Brown, Cafaro and Turnerâ€™s proposal would add â€śmanureâ€ť to the definition of â€śfertilizerâ€ť for purposes of the fertilizer certification program enacted this May in SB 150.
Livestock manure is a nutrient-packed resource that should not be categorized, classified or regulated in the same way as human waste, according to Dr. Pius Ndegwa, Washington State University Biological Systems Engineering School associate professor and livestock manure specialist.