An article by Lauren Arenschield published in The Columbus Dispatch (read full article) reveals the findings of a US EPA report that concludes state and federal governments aren't doing enough to prevent phosphorus and nitrogen from entering waterways and contributing to a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Notable points made in the article include:

  • Of the 12 states in the Mississippi-Achafalaya River Basin, only Ohio and Iowa have strategies in place to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen in waterways
  • Grand Lake St. Marys is referred to as "a perenniel poster child for toxic algae caused by farm runoff"
  • A state task force has recommended cutting phosphorus by 40 percent in the Maumee River to stop toxic algae blooms from forming in Lake Erie
  • There is no easy solution to the problem, but increased monitoring systems have been recommended