Toledo passes Lake Erie Bill of Rights, farmers face litigation

AG Web
Friday, 15 March 2019
By AG Web
In a special election at the end of February, the majority of citizens of Toledo, OH voted to provide extra protections for Lake Erie through the newly established Lake Erie Bill of Rights. The Bill would allow any citizen to sue anyone who ‘causes harm’ to the lake’s ecosystem.

While lake pollution is a valid concern given nutrient runoff concerns and the city’s recent water safety scare, there is the worry that citizens uninformed of on-farm practices will burden farmers with lawsuits. However, Ohio already had laws in place regulating how farmers apply nutrients and who could apply nutrients. | READ MORE

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