Lake Erie algae bill clears Ohio House, heads to Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A wide-ranging proposal aimed at cutting down the toxic algae in Lake Erie has cleared the Ohio House.

The measure, which passed on a unanimous vote, contains new rules for farmers. The Senate also planned to vote Wednesday afternoon.

The bill would stop farmers in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen and rain-soaked fields. It also would bring an end to the dumping of dredged sediment in the lake within five years. Both practices are thought to be contributing to the growth of algae in the lake.

The legislation comes less than a year after a toxin contaminated the drinking water in Toledo and part of southeastern Michigan last August.

Legislative leaders say it's a step toward ensuring cleaner water while providing clear regulations for the agricultural industry.