Governor Kasich has signed SB 1 into law—a bill that aims to restrict agricultural practices known to contribute to the formation of harmful algal blooms.
Specially, the law sets limits for fertilizer application in Lake Erie’s western basin, increases phosphorus monitoring at wastewater treatment facilities, and restricts open lake disposal of dredge material. The Greater Cleveland Partnership closely monitored the development of this legislation and supports the final version passed by the General Assembly.
“We are pleased that the Governor has signed this important legislation into law, said Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy. “Enhancing the civic and economic benefit of our Great Lakes is essential to our prosperity as a region. SB 1 will be an important tool to accomplishing this.”
The GCP also continues to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure timely post-winter dredging of the Cuyahoga River and that the dredged material is not dumped into Lake Erie. With key businesses along the river that rely on it to transport goods, a delay will have a negative impact on economic activity.
The GCP will continue to work closely with key partners, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for a viable solution.