$400k in funding to boost water quality in Lake Erie

Indiana is getting more than $400,000 to boost efforts to improve water quality in Lake Erie's western basin.

Funding will be used for farmer workshops, soil testing

While Lake Erie is the smallest of the Great Lakes, it provides drinking water for about 14 million people. (Dale Molnar/CBC)

Indiana is getting more than $400,000 to boost efforts to improve water quality in Lake Erie's western basin.

The State Department of Agriculture will use the funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for workshops for farmers, expanding soil and manure testing and other efforts.

In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, an algae bloom covers Lake Erie near the City of Toledo water intake crib off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. (Haraz N. Ghanbari/Associated Press)

Soil and manure runoff can spark algae blooms in Lake Erie, harming local wildlife and tourism.

Waterways in six northeastern Indiana counties feed into Lake Erie's western basin, which also receives water from tributaries in Michigan and Ohio.

Much of Indiana's money will go toward improving water quality in the St. Marys River and Upper Maumee watersheds, which empty into the lake.

While Lake Erie is the smallest of the Great Lakes, it provides drinking water for about 14 million people.