- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio farmers say they will launch a $1 million water quality action plan to help improve the state’s water resources.

The Ohio Farm Bureau says the funds will go toward helping farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin get fertilizer certification and create nutrient management plans.

The bureau also says it will hire another staff member to specialize in water quality and nutrient management.

The announcement comes a little over a month after the city of Toledo’s water supply was contaminated by toxins from algae on the lake.

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said federal and state agencies would receive $12 million to deal with harmful algae in Lake Erie. Some money will go toward encouraging farmers to cut down on runoff that contributes to the algae problem.

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