Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order that could end up creating new regulations on fertilizer used by farms in the western basin of Lake Erie, which he says it will help stop toxic algae blooms from developing.

Gov. John Kasich found himself in some hot water after saying in a recent speech that he doesn’t believe Lake Erie is impaired, contradicting a declaration from his own Environmental Protection Agency in March. Now Kasich is clarifying those comments.

Dan Konik

The tail end of summer can mean big problems for many of Ohio’s lakes. The combination of farmland runoff and high temperatures is ideal for algae growth, algae that can then produce toxins in the water.