Canton Repository Editorial: Algae blooms: Sen. Portman is on the case
U.S. Sen. Rob PORTMAN isn’t known for high-profile legislation (think: American-made galvanized guardrail), but his bill that the Senate passed and President Obama signed a few weeks ago has suddenly taken on new importance.
The bill — which, by the way, the Cincinnati Republican co-authored with a Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida — continues federal research on harmful algae blooms, to the tune of $102.5 million during the next five years.
Algae has long been a concern of legislators from states bordering the Great Lakes. Now that half a million Toledo-area residents have been deprived of drinkable water from Lake Erie for what must have seemed like a never-ending weekend, algae has become a topic of public conversation, too...
...The problems associated with preventing, containing and treating algae outbreaks are not impossible to solve. But a federal commitment to that multistate effort is essential, and the Portman-Nelson legislation guarantees it.
Meanwhile, it’s gratifying to see PORTMAN’s commitment to this issue in other ways. Over the weekend, in addition to conferring with FEMA and federal EPA officials, he personally delivered water to residents of Toledo.