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Toxic Algae in Grand Lake St Marys to Blame for Nine Illnesses

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Governor Ted Strickland is traveling with other state officials to western Ohio to warn residents and tourists that Grand Lake St. Marys is not safe right now.

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm

State officials are advising people to stay away from mysterious blue-green algae in Grand Lake St. Marys that reportedly sickened nine people and killed three dogs.

Gov. Ted Strickland is working with directors of the state departments of health, natural resources, and the EPA to figure out how to fight this threat to the state’s largest inland lake.

Strickland: “There is no roadmap to follow here. This is a very unique situation. We are conferring with EPA directors from many other states. We’re trying to identify every expert that we can to seek advice and guidance as to what we should be doing.”

Experts believe manure and fertilizer runoff from local farms may be polluting the water.

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