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Healing Lake Erie with in-stream sediment collectors

One of the major problems for Lake Erie is the runoff that happens when there is a heavy rain. The soil runs off the fields and yards, into the streams and rivers, and out to the lake, carrying with it soil and nutrients, some of which also contribute to algae blooms. The farmer loses valuable topsoil and nutrients. The streams and lake fill with silt, damaging fish and wildlife habitat and necessitating dredging that further damages stream and lake beds and shorelines.

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Healing Lake Erie: Cover crops for farms and home gardens

The last of the tomatoes have been harvested from home gardens, the pumpkins and squash are nearly done and fall garden clean-up has begun. It is time for composting garden waste or hauling it to a community garden waste and leaf collection site. Bare soil sits exposed to the elements for most of the late fall, winter and early spring across Ottawa County, subject to the same erosion and run-off that commercial farmers combat.

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Healing Lake Erie: Assistance available to replace/repair septic systems

Untreated sewage and failed septic systems are major contributors to the pollution and toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that threaten the health of our citizens, fish and wildlife, and negatively impacts our economy. 

Residents in the five-county area of Erie, Wyandot, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties now can access funds to assist with replacing or repairing their home sewage systems. These funds will be available until May 2014 or until funds expire, whichever comes first.

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