WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of last month’s toxic algal blooms that threatened Toledo’s drinking water supply, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has announced new legislation that could help improve water quality throughout Ohio. 

“Climate change has led to more frequent violent storms,” Brown said during a teleconference earlier this week. “They flush more fertilizer, more runoff, from fields and parking lots and golf courses and concentrated animal feeding operations into the Maumee and into creeks and streams that all land in the Maumee River and then into Lake Erie.”

Brown acknowledged the severity of the bloom that disrupted Toledo’s drinking water supply for two days, but pointed to two other waterways severely impacted by this blight: Buckeye Lake and Grand Lake St. Marys. He then discussed incentives in the current farm bill that help with the agricultural end of the problem. These incentives include CRP programs for filter strips and riparian corridors, programs that help to reduce runoff issues.

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