Kasich backs new bill on Lake Erie water use

Lake Erie

Ohio's governor is backing a second shot at setting rules on how much water factories and farms in the state can draw out of Lake Erie.

Gov. John Kasich said Monday he's satisfied with a revised bill that would limit how much water businesses can take from the lake without a permit.

Kasich last year vetoed Ohio's first proposal after it was opposed by two former Ohio governors and the current governors in New York and Michigan.

The new plan, which still needs legislative approval, reduces the proposed amount of water that can be drawn without a permit. Environmentalists and anglers spoke out against the bill last week, saying it doesn't offer enough protection for the lake's tributaries, and they have not ruled out a legal challenge.