Last summer, more than 500,000 people in northwest Ohio could not drink the tap water coming from Lake Erie. The culprit was a harmful algal bloom in the lake. It looks like another large algal bloom is developing in Lake Erie again this summer.
As you know, Ocean Champions has pushed for legislation to predict, mitigate, and prevent these dangerous outbreaks in our coastal waters. Last summer, with support from our congressional ocean champions, the Harmful Algal Bloom bill became law.
And earlier this year, ocean champion, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), along with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), introduced the Drinking Water Protection Act in the Senate.
This bill directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and report to Congress a strategic Algal Toxin Risk Assessment and Management Plan within 90 days. The Plan will evaluate the risk to human health from drinking water provided by public water systems contaminated with algal toxins and recommend feasible treatment options, including procedures and source water protection practices, to mitigate any adverse public health effects of algal toxins.
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P.S.S. Check out this article for more good news regarding fighting toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes.