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Environment

Local officials concerned about impact of phosphorus from Ohio

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Environmental and state leaders in New York are calling on Ohio to get its phosphorous run-off into Lake Erie under control.

Phosphorus is the main food source that contributes to the growth of blue-green algae, which can have toxic consequences for those who use and enjoy the lake.

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, met with several local environmental groups Friday at the Times Beach Nature Preserve to discuss the issue of algae blooms and possible local risks.

"We've seen sporadic algae blooms in Western New York in ponds," Ryan said. "Fortunately, we have not had large algae blooms in the eastern end of Lake Erie. We're concerned about the continuing problems from algae blooms in the western end of Lake Erie in Ohio."

Their call to action is in response to Ohio’s drafted plan, that was announced last week, to reduce their phosphorous run-off in the lake.

But Ryan says that the plan doesn't go far enough.