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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:00 pm

Ohio governor wants nearly $1 billion for Lake Erie, waterways

JOHN SEEWER | Associated Press

 

Ohio's governor is proposing spending nearly $1 billion to combat the toxic algae in Lake Erie and to protect the state's other lakes and rivers.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said he wants to set aside $900 million from this year's new state budget for water quality projects during the next 10 years.

DeWine said Thursday he expects the bulk of the money will go toward controlling the algae in Lake Erie, which has become a growing threat to drinking water.

The governor said committing the money now for water projects will allow the state to look at long-term solutions.

He said some of the money will go toward helping farmers reduce fertilizer runoff and toward creating more wetlands to filter pollutants before they reach the state's streams and rivers.