The Lake Erie Bill of Rights, a citizen-passed measure that declares the lake and its watershed “possess the right to exist, flourish, and naturally evolve,” is constitutional, the city of Toledo contends in a brief filed in federal court last week.
Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin are concerned they will have to develop nutrient management plans and restrict fertilizer applications if a state panel agrees with Gov. John Kasich that watersheds in that area of the state are “in distress.”
Ohio's Soil and Water Conservation Commission has decided to have a subcommittee look at Gov. John Kasich's plan to develop rules to regulate the use of commercial fertilizer and manure in northwest Ohio.
Farmers in Northwest Ohio could be facing the prospect of enforceable limits on fertilizer use, following an announcement by the state’s Environmental Protection Agency that the waters of western Lake Erie are “impaired” as defined by the Clean Water Act.