Next week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research will release their official Lake Erie algal bloom forecast. Early indications are that this year’s bloom will be another mild one, with a less than 4 rating on a scale of 1 (mild) to 10 (severe). If realized, this will be the fourth bloom under a 4 rating in the past six years.
No matter how favorable the forecast is for mild algal blooms, critics of agriculture will be once again making claims about the agriculture industry’s impact on water quality that are simply not true. That’s why this week, Ohio Farm Bureau launched “MythBusters Week” on social media. Farm Bureau’s Ty Higgins tackles myths about Ohio livestock farms going unregulated, how all of Ohio’s pollution prevention programs are voluntary, how too many livestock farms and their manure are ruining Lake Erie and more.