Created on Saturday, 01 December 2012 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wetlands plan boosts hopes for troubled Ohio lake
ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) — Manmade wetlands could help ease manmade problems in an important western Ohio lake.
The sprawling Grand Lake St. Marys was hit by a toxic algae bloom two years ago that damaged tourism while highlighting problems caused by phosphorous runoff from farms.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that lake-restoration supporters say they are dedicated to improvements that give them long-term hope.
A planned system of wetlands around the lake should help soak up phosphorous. The first in place is a nine-acre complex that pumps water through two treatment ponds to filter it before it feeds the lake.
Milt Miller is a restoration leader who says building wetlands will help make up for the natural system that was covered over by development.
Farmers also will follow new manure-management plans to reduce runoff.