Ohio to allow boating and fishing, even with algae

The state won't keep boaters and anglers out of Ohio lakes where blooms of toxic blue-green algae appear this summer.

Ohio agencies said Monday that the most serious algae problems will prompt advisories that people avoid contact with the water.

But, unlike last year, boating and fishing will not be prohibited. The state will want beach visitors to keep from swimming in the lakes and ingesting the water.

Last year, algae led the state to close lakes to swimming, boating and fishing. Tourism declined, particularly around Ohio's largest inland lake, Grand Lake St. Marys between Toledo and Dayton.

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