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Officials plan public briefing on new partnership to reduce nutrient runoff into Lake Erie


DUNDEE, Michigan — Federal officials are holding a public briefing on a program designed to prevent runoff of nutrients into Lake Erie that scientists blame for outbreaks of toxic bacteria that have fouled drinking water in southeastern Michigan and northwestern Ohio.

The briefing was Tuesday at Dundee Village Hall.

The Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative will provide technical and financial assistance to farmers using conservation practices that reduce nutrients into the lake. Excessive nutrients cause outbreaks of bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with other government agencies and private groups on the project. A partnership agreement was signed last week.

In Michigan, the Western Lake Erie Basin includes all of Monroe and Lenawee counties and portions of Hillsdale, Jackson, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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