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State money to fight algae at Grand Lake St. Marys : EPA's $5 million will buy aluminum sulfate

Excerpt from The Columbus Dispatch.

The state will spend $5 million on an effort to keep toxic blue-green algae from ruining another summer at Grand Lake St. Marys. The money will be used to buy aluminum sulfate, a chemical that binds with phosphorus in water before algae can use it as food.

Although $5 million is not enough to treat the entire 13,000-acre lake, officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources hope it will be effective if used in "strategic locations."

The money will come from a pot of federal dollars that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency uses to hand out low-interest and zero-interest loans for water- and sewer-improvement projects.


 
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Pollution Will Feed Lake Algae for Years - The toxic algae problems that Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Marys face are mirrored in lakes in Florida, China and New Zealand. A group of international algae experts said that there are no quick or easy solutions to clear algae from lake water. In the case of Grand Lake St. Marys, it could take decades.


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