Two state parks added to algae warning list | The Columbus Dispatch

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Warning signs are being posted at two more state parks, including one along Lake Erie, as blue-green algae continue to appear in more lakes across Ohio.
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BigSlick

Delaware, OH

#1 Aug 12, 2010
None of the stories reporting this problem report what is (or can) be done about the problem. Is it just test and warn, or is something being done about it? What can be done and by whom?
Calvin R

Westerville, OH

#2 Aug 12, 2010
ODNR has begun to take measures, at least for Grand Lake St. Marys. This will be a long-term effort, though, and will probably require cooperation from the Legislature. The cause is runoff from agriculture, and regulating that is not an overnight thing.
GrossedOutIndepe ndent

Westerville, OH

#3 Aug 12, 2010
Get RID of that stuff! Don't farmers, of all people, have the sense to know they cannot contaminate the water???
I was just at EastPoint Monday, there were kids swimming everywhere...we showered after just wading through it it looked so nasty. We have some of the most beautiful waterways in the country, and insist upon ruining it. Oh, but it's only "those liberals" who care about clean water-never mind it was NIXON of all people, who formed the Environmental Protection Agency.
Vickie

Lima, OH

#4 Aug 12, 2010
According to the Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force Report, there has been a dramatic increase in phosphorus in the lake since the mid-1990s. Coincidentally, there has also been an influx of factory farms in Ohio since the mid-1990s. Why is it so hard to connect the dots? According to a GLSM report, our state agencies' solution is to haul the animal waste to Indiana. What kind of NIMBY solution is that? Why has the ODA promoted industrial animal factories regardless of their cost to our health and the environment? How bad does it have to get before somebody actually cracks down on Big Ag in Ohio?
this is real change

Columbus, OH

#5 Aug 12, 2010
GrossedOutIndependent wrote:
Get RID of that stuff! Don't farmers, of all people, have the sense to know they cannot contaminate the water???
I was just at EastPoint Monday, there were kids swimming everywhere...we showered after just wading through it it looked so nasty. We have some of the most beautiful waterways in the country, and insist upon ruining it. Oh, but it's only "those liberals" who care about clean water-never mind it was NIXON of all people, who formed the Environmental Protection Agency.
Nice job turning it into a politcal issue.
Ritchie Laymon

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 12, 2010
When algae blooms started appearing in the Scioto River in downtown Columbus a decade ago, and were traced back to Buckeye Egg Farm run-off, urban dwellers finally began to realize that the biggest factory farm in the state, owned by an ex-con from Germany, would likely have a negative environmental impact on more than just rural communities in Ohio.
GrossedOutIndepe ndent

Westerville, OH

#7 Aug 12, 2010
this is real change wrote:
<quoted text>
Nice job turning it into a politcal issue.
Excuse me, but who else do you expect to address this issue?? Are YOU going to be working on it?

Since: Jun 10

Canal Winchester, OH

#8 Aug 12, 2010
The State and Fed agencies don't know where the pollutants that bring on the algae are coming from?
There are anti-pollution laws on the books (civil and criminal) that could put an end to this quickly.
Where are all these ambulance-chasing lawyers when we need them? They could drive up the cost of polluting in a hurry and drive the polluters away in droves.
These polluters are digging into our wallets. Isn't it time we fought back and collected?
CowPies

Columbus, OH

#9 Aug 12, 2010
Someone should file a class action law suit against the farms that are dumping their waste in a way that pollutes the waterways.

If they put their waste into biodigesters, they could stop dumping the poop all over the place, and provide the country with some clean energy while they are at it. Maybe if they found the cost of polluting higher than investing in biodigesters?
OhioansCare

Lancaster, OH

#10 Aug 12, 2010
It's no secret factory farms are a big problem to these waterways. It takes some will to stop it. The UN voted that clean water is a "human right." Moreover, we wouldn't dream of allowing urban untreated human waste to run into our lakes and streams. So how can we allow pig, chicken and cattle farm waste to be spread so heavily on fields in liquid form and not get what is happening now. It's not political...it's reality. It's plain common sense. Laws and regulations are in place but no enforcement. We need a campaign to CLEAN UP OHIO...not just in politics but in our environment. It might cut down on healthcare cost, too.
Jessica

Columbus, OH

#11 Aug 12, 2010
We were at East Harbor state park in the middle of July and we had to leave because our daughter became very ill the day after playing at the East Harbor State Park beach.
CSC

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 12, 2010
Should we expect any different by the way we treat our environment?
Barb

United States

#13 Aug 12, 2010
Why would they ever put a 5000 cow megadairy to drain directly into the Upper Scioto watershed? How ironic that the trouble in Lake Erie began at the same time the Vebra Hoff dairies were built in Hudson, Michigan that drain into the Maumee River watershed! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out but Big Ag holds everyone hostage.
RIGHT

Nashville, TN

#14 Aug 12, 2010
What about Indian Lake?????
Memphis

Columbus, OH

#15 Aug 12, 2010
Oh Spencer, you tree-hugging hippy, you. Haven't you learned to tailor your stories to talk about all the good that Big Ag does for the environment? This is a big R paper and we need more pro-business, pro-capitalism lullabies. How dare you report critically about industry!
sandylakeerie

Toledo, OH

#16 Aug 12, 2010
Ohioans need to realize that water is the oil of the future.
Water is the economic driver for Ohio's future.
Ohio has an abundance of water - but the quality of water is threatened by the nutrients/algae.
Ohio needs to stop sewage pouring into our waters when it rains. Ohio needs to ban phosphorous from mature lawn fertilizers.
Ohio needs to find where the greatest concentrations of nutrients - phosphorus - are coming into the water(this can be done inexpensively with satellite imagery) and meet with the proerty owners to reduce the use of phosphorous nutrients).
Simply put Ohio needs to reduce the amount of phosphrous going into the water ASAP.
Delays threaten Ohio's waers and economic future. The blight of green water has begun - it will only get worse unless agressive action is taken to reduce nutrient inputs.
Adopting phosphrous and nitrogen standards would also help.
S
Memphis

Columbus, OH

#17 Aug 12, 2010
FreeloaderFred wrote:
The State and Fed agencies don't know where the pollutants that bring on the algae are coming from?
There are anti-pollution laws on the books (civil and criminal) that could put an end to this quickly.
Where are all these ambulance-chasing lawyers when we need them? They could drive up the cost of polluting in a hurry and drive the polluters away in droves.
These polluters are digging into our wallets. Isn't it time we fought back and collected?
The "ambulance chasing lawyers," as you put it, know that the exemptions that your favorite legislators placed into the federal and state statutes are formidable and give Big Ag more than enough protection against the "frivolous" lawsuits everyone so hates. Going to bring a public nuisance case? Good luck with that. The ambulance chasers also know that bringing a complex environmental case will likely bankrupt them and their clients, and courts rarely if ever grant nuisance where someone isn't violating their permits. And you think these resolve "quickly?" Please. Go read "A Civil Action" (don't bother with the movie) if you want to begin to understand the complexity of bringing an environmental case.

Until you convince your lawmakers to provide an adequate mechanism to regulate/prosecute non-point source pollution, you'll have to get used to stories like these. You'll probably need a megaphone because Big Ag money talks loudly at the Statehouse and all those god-fearing gentlemen with the lapel pins are happy to look the other way during campaign season (i.e. all the time). Simply leaving uneducated comments on the Dispatch forum just isn't going to cut it.

On a side note, I'd love to hear your theory on proving criminal "intent" for agricultural run-off. Did you witness a farmer doing a rain dance?
Julie Weatherington-Ri ce

Columbus, OH

#18 Aug 13, 2010
Actually, some of us are doing something about the problem. The first thing that we had to do was figure out where/how the soluble reactive phosphorus was getting into the waterways. I served on the Ohio EPA Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force, along with a number of other Ohio scientists for three years. We saw this problem coming four to five years ago and got busy. We conducted an in-depth examination of the situation and reviewed all possible sources of soluble reactive phosphorus in-puts to the watersheds. The Task Force report is now available on line. Read it to see what we learned. There are recommendations that can be put in place right now that will help make a difference. We organized the second statewide symposium on the topic last April through the Ohio Academy of Science. I am now volunteering my time to present the information that we learned from the Task Force & the Academy Symposium to groups who want to understand the problem & discuss solutions. Will be speaking at the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District's Brown Bag luncheon meeting on the 24th, call the District for reservations if you want to come. We have to change the way we are farming. To do that, we have to get the information out to the farmers. It will not be easy to solve this problem, it's also helped by global warming, but we can and MUST make changes or what we see this summer is only the beginning.

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