Rivers' runoff pollutes Lake Erie | The Columbus Dispatch

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Frequent rainstorms and farm runoff continue to thicken this summer's algae plot.
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Jon H

Columbus, OH

#1 Jul 27, 2010
"everyday is Earth Day to a farmer" my a$$!
Patriot

United States

#2 Jul 27, 2010
Ohio EPA continues to drag its feet on nutient standards for the state despite warnings from USEPA.
Ohio Patriot

Dublin, OH

#3 Jul 27, 2010
The fact that phosphorus levels in the Maumee & Sandusky have TRIPLED since 1995 is shocking and unexpected - yet it explains the rapid deterioration in Lake Erie. Since farm fields certainly have not tripled in 15 years - something else being done in agriculture is responsible for this change. Why doesn't the state identify what it is???? What Agri-business lobby is keeping this secret from the public?

My guess is that it must be manure from factory farms - this is the only part of agri-biz that has been signficantly growing in size in Ohio - and that growth really started in the early 1990's as well. Factory farms are regulated by the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture - the fox guarding the henhouse that was hand-picked by the Farm Bureau as the regulator under legislation passed when Bob Taft was governor.

The Ag Dept is totally incompetent and controlled by the Agri-biz lobbies and doesn't even try to control manure runoff in a meaningful fashion - it is like BP's deep rig in the Gulf of Mexico all over again. So - from what I see here, all of Ohio and our wonderful Lake Erie are being sacrificed to Ohio Agri-biz by our corrupt state government, governors and legislature both.

Since: Oct 09

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 27, 2010
We have known for such a long time that over fertilization on farm fields is causing phosphorus loading and other pollutants. In a sense it is like saying "yeah the house is on fire, but we will get to it, when we get to it."

Dept. of Ag needs to get off their arse and actually do something to remedy this problem. It is always the OEPA and scientists with these reports and the DOA is suspiciously absent from taking any role to help the clean up. Shame on them.

Since: Jun 10

Canal Winchester, OH

#5 Jul 27, 2010
This pollution is not unexpected.
It has been predicted, reported and observed for years.
Ohio EPA and Agriculture interests have bent over backwards trying to ignore and deflect attentention to the pollution problems in this state.
something as simple as spreading radio-chemical "tags" on the soils of farms around the state will quickly show the sources of the pollution so it can be quickly and fairly stopped. Such tags have been used in explosives and ammunition for years with great success.
What is going to happen is that we will spend far more money than necessary to correct these problems than if we had attacked them early on.
I am tired of spending my hard-earned cash on taxes to fix somebody else's responsibilities that have been allowed to grow out of proportion to normal limits.
Jon H

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 27, 2010
EPA need not be in this discussion, not the Ohio EPA at least, they were stripped of any and all agriculture jurisdiction over the Buckeye Egg Farm gaffe. Then the Dept. of Ag took over. Maybe Shirley Sherrod should come to town and whoop these caucasion farmers into shape?
tom L buffalo ny

Buffalo, NY

#7 Jul 29, 2010
lets not forget about all the companies who raise the dose on fertilizer when they spray residential and commercial lawns ,to make more money in a shorter time frame

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