COLUMBUS, Ohio - State officials and advocates say available funding limits how much testing is done to identify Ohio lake pollution and problems in several areas.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the amount spent on testing is less than $200,000 a year.
The Environmental Protection Agency has about $80,000 for testing annually. Officials at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say they spent nearly that much last year to test for toxic blue-green algae at 20 areas, including the troubled Grand Lake St. Marys between Dayton and Toledo.
Clean-water advocate Kristy Meyer of the Ohio Environmental Council says increased funding could help identify problems before they grow.
Poor Will’s Almanack for the first week of Late Summer
In Middle and Late Summer, the fat, green, annual cicadas come up from the earth where they have spent the last eleven months. They leave their ectoskeletons behind on twigs or walls, fly out into the sun and begin to sing.
If science offers facts about all this, a little cultural entomology may help to interpret those facts.
According to Greek mythology, Tithonus, a Trojan, fell in love with Eos, goddess of the dawn, and was rewarded for his love with the gift of immortality. Immune to death, the body of Tithonus withered until it became a cicada that reappeared each year.
ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) - Toxic algae plaguing Ohio's largest inland lake has created a negative public image that organizations and residents in the area are determined to change.
They're working to draw tourists back to western Ohio's Grand Lake St. Marys and using television, newspapers and social media to spread the word that the lake is improving. Meanwhile, state, federal and local agencies continue efforts to control the algae and improve water quality.
The Lake Improvement Association is one of the organizations leading efforts to revive the 13,000-acre lake and the tourism business tied to it.