NBC 24 Exclusive: Kasich on Lake Erie water quality


    Gov. John Kasich says Lake Erie's water quality is a top priority. (Andy Balas/WNWO).

    In a one-on-one interview with Gov. John Kasich, NBC 24 asked what he would do to ensure the long-term health of Lake Erie.

    "It's a partnership but in the state of Ohio, we've spent a billion dollars on the lake and the lake is getting better. The problem is the sins of the past are starting to catch up with us. It's like being a smoker. Once you quit, the lungs don't clear up right away. The same is true with the lake," Kasich said.

    "This is a high priority. In fact, I even had to veto legislation on water takes from the lake that every single republican in the legislature voted for and I vetoed it because I thought it endangered the lake. We also made a real breakthrough when we said the farmers are not going to put manure on frozen ground, which causes runoff which causes the algae bloom. We're on top of it and we're going to continue to do it. As president I think it's a cooperative effort between states and the federal government when it comes to natural resources.""It's a partnership but in the state of Ohio, we've spent a billion dollars on the lake and the lake is getting better. The problem is the sins of the past are starting to catch up with us. It's like being a smoker. Once you quit, the lungs don't clear up right away. The same is true with the lake."

    "This is a high priority. In fact, I even had to veto legislation on water takes from the lake that every single republican in the legislature voted for and I vetoed it because I thought it endangered the lake. We also made a real breakthrough when we said the farmers are not going to put manure on frozen ground, which causes runoff which causes the algae bloom. We're on top of it and we're going to continue to do it. As president I think it's a cooperative effort between states and the federal government when it comes to natural resources."

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