“Pandemic Costs May Dry Up Ohio’s Plan to Fight Lake Erie Algae”

“The coronavirus pandemic is endangering a $900 million program that underpins Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s long-term strategy for shrinking the annual massive toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie’s western basin.

The 10-month-old grant program, called H2Ohio, is the state’s primary way to improve quality in so-called impaired waters in Lake Erie near Toledo, where annual algae blooms devastate tourism and endanger water for more than 500,000 people.

H2Ohio fell victim to roughly $775 million in budget cuts that DeWine (R) is imposing in May and June due to plummeting tax revenue during the virus outbreak.”

Alex Ebert reports for Bloomberg Environment May 8, 2020.