Animal Ag Destroys Ohio Lake

The massive Grand Lake St. Mary’s in Ohio faces extreme detriments partly as a result of factory farming.

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Ohio’s Grand Lake St. Mary’s is the largest inland body of water in Ohio and an attraction that brings millions of dollars to the area each summer. However, experts now say that the vacation destination is dying. The area is surrounded by farmland, including Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs. As a result, nutrients from fertilizer and animal feed, as well as excessive amounts of animal waste, run off into the lake. This contributes to increasing numbers of algae that are a danger to both wildlife and humans, as they suffocate fish and lead to health problems. Lake Improvement Association offers ways to help save the Grand Lake including changes in agricultural operations.

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