Ohio lawmakers consider consolidating Lake Erie oversight

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers are looking at consolidating oversight of Ohio’s efforts to battle the harmful algae in Lake Erie.

The plan calls for reorganizing the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and turning its focus toward reducing what’s feeding the algae.

The legislation being considered would put the commission in charge of seeing the state reach its goal of a 40 percent reduction of phosphorus going into western Lake Erie within the next 10 years.

Both Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario have pledged to make the same reduction, which researchers say will go a long way to improving water quality.

The state EPA said oversight is needed to make certain that money is being well spent and programs aren’t overlapping.