Adrian Daily Telegram: Walberg and Democrat colleague reintroduce bill to protect against harmful algae blooms
WASHINGTON — Looking to provide federal assistance for efforts to help farms in the Great Lakes region minimize pollution that leads to harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie, U.S. Reps. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, reintroduced Monday the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Act.
The legislation would support voluntary farmer-led environmental stewardship programs such as the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), which the bill’s supporters
say have successfully helped farmers improve conservations, reduce soil erosion and decrease nutrient runoff.
“Those of us from the midwest know how central the Great Lakes are to our economy and way of life,” Walberg said in a news release. “Here in Michigan, we have seen positive results through MAEAP — which just celebrated verification of it’s 5,000th farm — in advancing responsible environmental stewardship of our land and water. Expanding this successful conservation program throughout the region will go a long way to preserve Lake Erie and the entire Great Lakes ecosystem for future generations to enjoy.”
Walberg and Ryan previously introduced the same bill July 27, 2017, but it died in committee.
“The Great Lakes are a vital resource to the midwest and it’s critical we do everything in our power to safeguard their health and well-being. Lake Erie alone supports more than 117,000 full-time jobs and provides clean drinking water to approximately 3 million Ohioans,” Ryan said in the release. “This important legislation encourages greater conservation practices aimed at reducing agricultural run-off which negatively impacts the Great Lakes, farmers and all Ohioans.”
This article originally appeared in the April 10 edition of the Adrian Daily Telegram.