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Ohio considers rejigging plan to fight Lake Erie algae

Lawmakers are calling for a reorganizing of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, turning its focus toward reducing what's feeding the algae.

Lawmakers are looking at consolidating oversight of the state's efforts to battle the harmful algae

Ohio lawmakers propose changing its approach to reducing algae in Lake Erie. (NASA Earth Observatory)

Ohio lawmakers are looking at consolidating oversight of the state's efforts to battle the harmful algae in Lake Erie.

The plan calls for reorganizing the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and turning its focus toward reducing what's feeding the algae.

The legislation would put the commission in charge of seeing the state reach its goal of a 40 per cent reduction of the phosphorus entering western Lake Erie within the next 10 years.

Michigan and Ontario have pledged to make the same reduction, which researchers say will significantly improve water quality.

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