LORAIN – Local officials met Wednesday morning to raise awareness about the dangers of algal blooms in conjunction with World Water Day.
Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the blooms, which are caused by fertilizer and chemicals ending up in Lake Erie after heavy rainfall, had adverse effects on the city of Toledo in 2014 and Lorain County communities want to make sure the same doesn’t happen to them.
“We need to think of this as an issue that would affect our health and economy,” Ritenauer said. “We have to speak up. If we’re not coming together with one voice, we’re not going get any movement on this. We agree that clean water is important but the bottom line is these are coming from industrial agriculture and we have to require that they do their part as well.”
Elyria Councilman Marcus Madison, D-5th Ward, and Ohio Environmental Council Clean Water Director Adam Rissien also spoke against algal blooms at the meeting, emphasizing the importance of Lake Erie to residents’ drinking water.
See tomorrow’s Chronicle for more details.