78 Ohio St. L.J. Furthermore 1 (2017)

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OHIO STATE LA WJOURNAL  FURTHERMORE


        Combatting Harmful Algal Blooms and
              Saving America's Waterways

                         SCOTT  SUROVJAK*

                         TABLE OF CONTENTS

I.   INTRODUCTION                         ...........................................1
II.  BACKGROUND         ...............................................3
     A.  The Cuyahoga  River Fire and a Turn in Environmental
         Regulation      ...........................................3
     B.  The Distinction: Point Source and Nonpoint Source
         Pollution.............5...........          ...............5
     C.  The Perfect Storm: Why Lake Erie Is an Ideal Place to
         Implement New  Water Quality Laws ...................7
III. FIx WHAT  WE  CAN:  IMPLEMENTING  APPROPRIATE
     REGULATION.............9...........          ...................9
     A.  Room  to Breathe: Requiring Filter Strips in the Maumee
         River Watershed.      ............................. ..... 9
     B.  Protection Beyond the Water's Edge: LandAcquisition
         and the Establishment of Environmental Protection Areas....10
     C.  What Lies Beneath: Efforts to Reclassify Agricultural
         Tiling as a Point Source Pollutant Under the Clean
         Water Act       .............................   ..........11
IV.  CONCLUSION.         ...................................... .....12

                          I. INTRODUCTION

    On August 2, 2014, water sample tests from Toledo, Ohio's Collins Park
Water  Treatment Plant revealed a dire situation.1 Chemists at the plant




     * Staff Member, Ohio State Law Journal; Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University
Moritz College of Law, May 2016; Bachelor of Arts, The Ohio State University, 2008. A
special thanks to Drew and BJ Surovjak, who let the author spend childhood days on the
boat docks in Port Clinton, Ohio casting lines, tying knots, and developing a passion for the
Great Lakes.
     1 Public Notice, City of Toledo, Ohio, Urgent Water Notice!, (Aug. 2, 2014),
http://toledo.oh.gov/news/2014/08/urgent-water-notice  [https://perma.cc/MU8A-P8BX]
[hereinafter Toledo Water Notice]; see also Michael Wines, Behind Toledo 's Water Crisis,
a Long-Troubled Lake Erie, N.Y. TIMEs (Aug. 4, 2014), http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/
05/us/lifting-ban-toledo-says-its-water-is-safe-to-drink-again.html [https://perma.cc/7HTX-
C4EZ].


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