For the last two months, the Ohio Legislature has been working on bills to reduce phosphorus runoff into the Western Basin of Lake Erie. Last August, a toxic algal bloom fueled by excess phosphorus in the water surrounded the main water intake pipe for the city of Toledo, poisoning the water of 400,000 people for three days. Toxic algal blooms occur nationally, but often not on the scale achieved on the Great Lakes. Similar blooms have caused problems for communities around Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron and Green Bay in Lake Michigan. During this week’s Congressional in-district session, Representative Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) hosted a panel discussion on this problem in his district, which covers Green Bay. The event was covered in this article by the Green Bay Press Gazette.
Present for the discussion, including Rep. Ribble, were Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp and members of the Green Bay Municipal Sewerage District (NEW Water Green Bay), the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin Farm Bureau, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. As Rep. Ribble has posted on his facebook page, if you are interested in learning more about Ribble’s effort to save the waters of Green Bay, please call his office at (920) 380-0061.