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USDA invests new conservation funds to improve Lake Erie water quality

 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. The Secretary said USDA is also partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to expand "boots-on-the-ground" capacity in the area and will be contributing an additional $1 million in technical assistance which will in turn be leveraged by the NFWF along with other public and private entities. Earlier this month, water service in Toledo, Ohio was disrupted by algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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Lake Erie Caucus meets to discuss health of the lake

L to R co-chairs for the Lake Erie Caucus: Redfern, Cafaro, Gardner and Dovilla

Members of the Lake Erie Caucus met Friday, August 16, at Maumee Bay State Park to have a public forum about the health of Lake Erie. In attendance were co-chairs of the caucus Mike Dovilla, Capri Cafaro, Randy Gardner and Chris Redfern; other caucus members, representatives from the agricultural and scientific communities, area mayors and city council members and concerned citizens.

“This isn’t government speaking to government,” said Senator Randy Gardner, “its citizens speaking to their elected officials.”

The Lake Erie Caucus is an educational and advocacy caucus, not a legislative being.

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Protect and Promote Lake Erie

Editor’s note: The following is a statement from State Senator Randy Gardner, founder and co-chairman of the Lake Erie Caucus who represents more Lake Erie shoreline than any other member of the Ohio Senate.  He represents the 2nd Senate District, which includes the Lake Erie counties of Lucas, Ottawa and Erie.  He visited the Ottawa County communities of Port Clinton, Catawba Island Township and Marblehead on Monday and visited Erie County on Tuesday to hand-deliver the following message to community leaders:

Over the past three years, I have been especially engaged in efforts to help heal our great natural asset, Lake Erie.   New programs like the Healthy Lake Erie Fund to help with agricultural best practices to reduce nutrient runoff and Ohio’s first-ever fund to begin to reduce open lake dumping of dredge materials is going to make a difference.

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