- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has proposed putting a halt to the dumping of sediment dredged from harbors and rivers into Lake Erie.

The Republican governor made the proposal Monday as part of his $72.3 billion, two-year operating budget. He’s calling for all dredged material to be diverted from open-lake disposal by 2020. Some researchers believe that contributes to toxic algal blooms that are harming water quality.

Kasich’s budget also would prohibit farmers in the western Lake Erie basin from spreading manure or fertilizer on frozen, snow-covered or rain-soaked ground unless a proper disposal technique, such as injection, were used. Spreading manure would require a new state permit under the bill.

The legislation also imposes limits and expands monitoring of phosphorus discharges from public wastewater treatment plants.

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