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Study connects unregulated factory farms in Maumee River watershed to Lake Erie algal blooms


April 15, 2019
By WTOL

A new study has been released, showing that one of the main contributors to the Lake Erie algae problem may be unregulated factory farms.

The Environmental Working Group is an agricultural activist organization that found more than half of all factory farms in the watershed don’t need a permit to manage animal waste and only 44 percent of them are large enough to need oversight for manure management. The study helps shift the blame away from small, private farmers in northwest Ohio who traditionally have been blamed for nutrient runoff and algae blooms despite using commercial fertilizer responsibility. | READ MORE