Critics: Ohio’s plan to cut Lake Erie algae lacks direction

Do we have to solve this yet again?

Ohio’s outline for sharply reducing what’s making algae flourish in Lake Erie clearly shows that changes in farming techniques are what’s needed.

The blueprint also has a long listing of ways to do that, but some environmental groups say the state’s updated scheme still absence clear direction about what should come next.

The plan released Nov. 17 is designed to lay out how Ohio intends to reach its goal of making a 40 percent reduction of phosphorus that flows into the lake’s western end within the next eight years.

Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario along with Ohio signed a deal two years ago agreeing to make steep cuts of phosphorus, which mainly comes from farm fertilizers and livestock manure that gale up in streams and rivers and then feeds algae in the lake.

Ohio’s strategy calls for more than 50 steps to take or at least…

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