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Groups hope to clean Ohio's largest inland lake



Published: Fri, April 9, 2010 @ 11:15 a.m.

ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) — Community leaders are raising money to help clean up pollution in Ohio’s largest inland lake.

Residents and community supporters around Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio say water quality problems have contributed to a drop in visitors and the closings of two marinas, and have hurt home sales along the lake.

They’re trying to get enough money to buy aerators and sediment collectors to improve the water quality.

Ohio park officials said last spring that toxic algae posed a health risk for swimmers and boaters.

Local activists say fertilizers and manure from nearby farms have contaminated the lake that sits between Toledo and Dayton.

State officials lifted the water advisories this week but those warnings could return with warmer temperatures.


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