State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) announced the passage of Senate Bill 1 today, which continues the state's effort to fight toxic algae in Ohio waterways and ensure clean drinking water for Ohioans. 

The legislation, sponsored by State Senators Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) and Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), helps the state more effectively monitor and respond to water quality issues and bans the application of fertilizer on frozen and over-saturated ground in vulnerable water basins.

"Senate Bill 1 is an important step in addressing the health of Lake Erie's Western Basins and its environs. This is another step forward in a complicated process, and we will continue to work with all interested parties until it is finished. The testimony on the bill was generally favorable," said Eklund. 

Senate Bill 1 requires the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to designate a coordinator of harmful algae management and response to oversee statewide coordination. The bill also contains, for the first time, an emergency clause to allow Senate Bill 1 to become effective on the day Governor John Kasich signs it.

Governor Kasich issued an executive order last week to protect against the Army Corps of Engineers' open-lake disposal of Cuyahoga River dredge material into Lake Erie. 

Senate Bill 1 now goes to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration. 

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