From the Dayton Daily News:
A proposed rule banning farmers in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed from applying manure to their fields in the winter reflects the balancing act Gov. Ted Strickland is trying to perform with the state’s effort to save the lake from an environmental crisis caused by a toxic bacteria outbreak.
The 13,500-acre lake, Ohio’s biggest inland lake, is basically closed to all purposes. Restoring it is crucial to both the health and economy of Mercer and Auglaize counties, about 60 miles north of Dayton.
However, Strickland and state officials, in the process, don’t want to damage the livelihood of farmers in the region.