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Funding Limits Testing for Lake Pollution in Ohio

Heather McLaughlin

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.

But an EPA spokeswoman says officials don't have enough financial resources to make that happen.