It's been nearly 5 years since the toxic blue green algae showed up in Grand Lake Saint Marys.
And after a collaborative effort by state and local organizations, the lake has made improvements, but there is still work to be done.
A panel discussion brought everybody together talk with Senator Rob Portman to about the progress and future of restoring Ohio's largest in land lake and hoping that the federal government could aid in that effort.
A panel made up of state and county officials and the mayors of Celina and St Marys gave the senator a better idea about how the federal government can help out or get out of the way of local efforts, especially dealing with phosphorous rich sediment. Lake Restoration Director Milt Miller says some federal regulations are hindering sediment removal, because they do not have place to put the phosphorous rich sediment.
Portman introduced a bill,, which has already passed the senate,, that would target harmful algal blooms in fresh water lakes and streams like grand lake, and Lake Erie.
The harmful algal blooms are a growing problem around the nation and the world. Portman sees the efforts at Grand Lake St. Marys could be a model for others to copy.
In 2014, state and local officials say they are going to continue their efforts with the treatment trains and dredging which have been successful in controlling the phosphorous coming in to and already in Grand Lake Saint Marys.