Program aims to reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie

Blue green algae

Three state agencies will be putting their efforts behind a program that is aimed to reduce farm pollution and the toxic algae that it helps create in Ohio's lakes.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative calls on farmers to voluntarily limit fertilizer use in areas that drain into Lake Erie. Vast blooms of toxic algae have spread across Lake Erie's western basin for many years, threatening the lakes' $10 billion yearly tourism industry. The algae can produce as many as four toxins that can make people extremely ill, as well as kill wildlife and pets.

The initiative would be supported by a $1.5 million Ohio Department of Natural Resources program.