Money needed to clean Lake Erie

Outdoors notebook

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio’s governor is proposing spending nearly $1 billion to combat the toxic algae in Lake Erie and to protect the state’s other lakes and rivers.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says he wants to set aside $900 million from this year’s new state budget for water quality projects over the next 10 years.

DeWine said Thursday that he expects the bulk of the money will go toward controlling the algae in Lake Erie that has become a growing threat to drinking water.

The governor says committing the money now for water projects will allow the state to look at long-term solutions.

He says some of the money will go toward helping farmers reduce fertilizer runoff and toward creating more wetlands to filter pollutants before they reach the state’s streams and rivers.

Home away from home

TEMPLETON, Mass. — A portion of a Massachusetts highway was shut down while state wildlife officials moved a family of bears that had set up a den in the median.

State police shut down a stretch of Route 2 in Templeton this past week while state environmental police tranquilized the mother bear and relocated her and her cubs to a safer location in a nearby state forest.

Authorities say the bears had to be moved as a precaution to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of motorists.

Route 2 is a four-lane highway in that area and was shut down for about 45 minutes.

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