COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 150, sponsored by Senator Cliff Hite (R–Findlay), which seeks to provide proper standards to ensure the responsible use of agriculture nutrients in a way that protects the state’s water quality.
 
The bill works to strike a healthy balance between preserving the health of Ohio’s inland lakes while also ensuring the profitability of the state’s agriculture industry.
 
“Algae is a growing issue in all of Ohio’s streams and lakes that needs to be addressed immediately,” said Hite, who also serves as the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “This is one step forward in protecting Ohio’s water by creating more mindful standards for the application of agriculture nutrients.”
 
Senate Bill 150 would require the Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources to establish standards to abate wind or water erosion of soil, and would authorize the Chief to develop an operation and management plan to address agricultural pollution. This legislation would also establish new requirements for applying fertilizer for agriculture production and encourage the use of nutrient management plans to reduce potential runoff.
 
Senator Hite jointly sponsored the measure with Senator Bob Peterson (R–Sabina), who formerly served as President of the Ohio Farm Bureau and operates a family farm in Southern Ohio.
 
Senate Bill 150 will now move to the Ohio House of Representative for further consideration.