Upgrading our water treatment plant will cost local residents at
least 300 million dollars because federal funds for such work
have been slashed over the years.
Legislation is needed to mandate rural conservation measures and
keep nutrients from overloading Lake Erie. Planting filter
strips along drainage ditches is costly and takes land out of
production. Waste treatment systems need to be installed.
Farmers must be compensated for taking these and other vital
measures. This will cost many millions more.
And yet taxpayers just in Lucas County have sent 1.6 billion
dollars to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We send even more
money to the ongoing military budget.
Years ago, Procter and Gamble Corp., headquartered in
Cincinnati, made sure Ohio was the last Great Lake state to ban
phosphates in laundry detergent.
Lobbyists for corporate agribusiness have kept clean water
mandates from applying to farming.
Does this sound like a democracy to you?
2975 113th St.
August 9, 2014