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Researchers study farm runoff to Lake Erie

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Aneffort is underway to reduce the amount of algae in Lake Erie, and localfarmers have a key role in that effort.

Anew study by farmers and environmental officials aims to figure out the bestways to keep nutrients on the fields and out of the water.

"There'sbeen a lot of research done at the lake, a lot of research done at the tributaries,but what we found is that we didn't have good information at the edge of thefield," said Terry McClure, a farmer in Paulding County.

Morethan 20 testing sites have been set up at farms across northwest Ohio to testwater for phosphorous. More than $2 million has been invested in the project byarea farmers and the USDA.

"Wewant to be a part of the solution," McClure said. "We know we may be a part ofthat problem."

Overthe next few years, researchers will ask farmers to try new techniques, whilekeeping an eye on the testing results. The goal is to eventually learn whatworks and what doesn't, so the farmers can make permanent changes.

"Thisis a four million-acre watershed, so small practices here at the farm can makea big difference," McClure said.

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