Agency implores Kasich administration to declare western Lake Erie impaired

The federal agency that represents the U.S. State Department in Great Lakes policy discussions with Canada called upon the Kasich administration Tuesday to declare the open waters of western Lake Erie as impaired under the federal Clean Water Act.

The 108-year-old International Joint Commission claims progress to reduce harmful algal bloom nutrients has been “disappointingly slow” because of Gov. John Kasich’s decision to stick with voluntary incentives for better farm practices.

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