Senator Brown Introduces Bill Improving Ohio's Regulation Of Nutrient Runoff
Bill to focus on closing loopholes in regulation and enforcement
October 07, 2015
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Columbus – Today, Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) introduced legislation to improve upon the Ohio General Assembly’s previous work aimed at decreasing nutrient runoff from agricultural lands and animal feeding lots, which are the primary contributors to toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.

“There is much more we can do to reduce the runoff that contaminates our water supply and threatens the safety of our drinking water,” said Senator Brown. “This bill focuses on improving the enforcement, reporting, and accountability of regulations already passed by the Ohio General Assembly.”

Senator Brown worked closely with the Ohio Environmental Council and other interested parties to craft the bill, which will:

  • Require the filing of annual reports tracking the sale, transfer and application of manure on the surface of agricultural fields by animal feeding facilities or certified livestock managers.
  • Require certain livestock producers and farmers with more than 50 acres to develop and follow plans to prevent agricultural pollution.
  • Eliminate loopholes and unnecessarily complicated bureaucracy in the enforcement of previously implemented regulations. 

“We applaud Senator Brown for her continuing leadership to curb runoff pollution from big agriculture that feeds Lake Erie’s toxic algae,” said Adam Rissien, Ohio Environmental Council’s Agricultural and Water Policy Director. “Requiring large corporate farms to develop and follow pollution prevention plans is quite sensible. It's the next obvious step needed to protect Ohio’s waterways. To make this really work, local soil and water conservation districts will need more capacity and resources, so we call on the General Assembly to provide new funding sources to support Sen. Brown’s forward-thinking proposal.”

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