Local group focuses on solutions to clean up Grand Lake St Marys

ST. MARYS, Ohio (WDTN) – Toxic Algae is once again a problem at several area lakes… and with a hot weekend ahead.. it could impact the region’s economy.

2 NEWS looked into more on how the high levels of toxic algae at Grand Lake St. Marys are keeping swimmers out.

Just last month, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources posted toxic-algae warning signs at four beaches at the lake. That makes it the second lake in the state to be contaminated with algae this spring.

The algae is being linked to the run-off coming from local farmland. A local group of volunteers is working to clean up the lake and looking at possible solutions to propose to the state.

” We think that rather than  spend money on projects we think why not give that money to producers to move the element out of the watershed,” Guardians of the Grand Lake St. Marys Board Member Bill Ringo. “We know it’s not cost-effective but the fact that we know it’s not cost-effective shouldn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.”

Gringo also said over the next few weeks they’ll be looking into more specific solutions, including, soil nutrition.

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