To Lake Erie
A Challenge We Can Take On
The ongoing restoration and future protection of Lake Erie and its watershed will be a significant challenge for all concerned citizens, and it is recognized that the farming community is a strong supporter of voluntary initiatives such as the 4Rs program, cover crops, filter strips, buffer zones and blind outlets in efforts to reduce nutrient runoff into Lake Erie.
Lake Erie Algae Bloom, Sept 2017
Ohio lawmakers can do their part by advocating for further regulation of confined/concentrated animal feeding facilities/CAFOs and that nutrients only be applied at the agronomic rate which would reduce nutrient overload. Additionally, Ohio could freeze new permits for livestock CAFOs, particularly in the Maumee watershed, and conduct a census of livestock there.
The census could establish a baseline to help regulate the number of animal units within the watershed’s carrying capacity. Finally, the spreading of fertilizer – including manure – be limited to the agronomic rate, especially in any watershed designated as impaired by the U.S. or state of Ohio EPA.