Statement from the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund on SB 299 the “Clean Lake 2020 Plan”

Columbus, Ohio Today, the Ohio Senate Finance Committee passed SB 299 also known as the Clean Lake 2020 Plan. The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Peter Bucher, Water Resources Director at the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund.

“This legislation is a well rounded, short term approach that will provide some much needed resources to combat harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Not only does it provide support for agricultural equipment and technology to reduce phosphorus runoff, it supports research efforts and the people power to assist farmers in developing best management practices. Prioritizing these funds to watersheds within the western Lake Erie basin watershed will help ensure the Soil and Water Phosphorus program is efficient and effective.”

“We’re hopeful the Senate will take quick action on this legislation with a full floor vote. With another large algal bloom predicted for this year we need to utilize as many resources as possible to reverse this trend and clean up Lake Erie.”