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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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