Phosphorus fixes suggested

A report released Thursday has a goal of reducing phosphorus loads in the state’s waters and, in turn, reducing algal blooms in Lake Erie.

The Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force II report assesses the latest nutrient research and data, tracks the progress of nutrient reduction efforts and makes 20 recommendations for controlling nutrient runoff.

The report identifies strategies that could provide a significant reduction in phosphorus loading from the lake’s watershed and potentially reduce the harmful algal blooms.

The report builds on the work of the first task force report that was released in 2010. That report highlighted research that showed dissolved phosphorus, rather than particulate phosphorus, was driving the growth of algal blooms in the Lake Erie Western Basin.

“Doing nothing is not an option,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer.

The report is at