TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor is laying out a broad plan to combat the toxic algae plaguing Lake Erie and says the plan will work but not overnight.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday the state’s new strategy will focus on reducing agriculture runoff that feeds the algae by offering farmers financial incentives to change their practices.
DeWine says the changes won’t be mandatory, but he thinks farmers will buy in because of the incentives and some of the new practices that will save them money.
He says it’s the first time the state has taken such a comprehensive approach.
Ohio lawmakers this summer approved spending $172 million over the next two years on water quality improvements.
Details about how the money will be spent will be announced in the coming months.