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Water Quality Improvement Measures Possibly On Agenda During Lame Duck Session

Satellite view of toxic algal bloom on Lake Erie
NASA Earth Observatory

Ohio lawmakers are preparing to go back to work and take on more pieces of legislation before the year ends. One of those issues includes improving water quality.

While speaking at a post-election conference, Republican Representative Dave Hall of Millersburg says that he doesn’t want to waste any time. The agriculture and natural resources committee he chairs will hold hearings next week on a bill that tackles many different issues including toxic algae problems.

In August, nearly half a million people in Toledo couldn’t drink their water because of the discovery of harmful algae. Hall says he’s sifting through dozens of proposed amendments, but says House Bill 490 is just a first step.

“You will see a series of bills after 490 in the next General Assembly that will truly put a stamp on the water quality issue."

Hall hopes the bill can pass out of the House by Thanksgiving.