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Legislation targets algae bloom reduction

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The algae bloom, when it does happen, usually settle down to the bottom, and it picks up other chemicals and then when the winds are right they blow up onto the shore.

And eventually turn into that sticky, slimy muck. 

Two members of Michigan's congressional delegation want to help curb that mess from happening.  They introduced legislation today that calls for initiatives modeled after the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance program.  That program helps farmers voluntarily take conservation measures such as reducing soil erosion and nutrient runoff.

Ernie Krygier and his Save Our Shoreline organization said most farmers around mid-Michigan are on board which should help all of them get with the program.

"Anytime we can reduce some of the loading in the Saginaw Bay is much appreciated because the algae has been an issue,” Krygier said. “We're not as bad as Ohio, but if we don't do something now or make plans of doing it in the future we could end up like Ohio."

Krygier's referring to algae outbreaks that contaminated drinking water in Toledo and southeastern Michigan last August.

Krygier and his SOS organization have worked for years to clean up this section of the Saginaw Bay. He hopes this latest federal effort will give them the ammunition they need in that battle.

"It’s been a real challenge to get people to wake up and understand how important the Great Lakes are," Krygier said.

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