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Gov. Kasich announces new eco-friendly dredging plan

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Ohio Governor John Kasich paid a visit to Toledo on Thursday to announce a big step forward on the issue of dredging as it effects the environment.

He signed a proclamation that sets the stage for an innovative new dredging strategy.

"The potential for being able to take waste and turn it into something valuable – I mean, what can be more exciting than that?" Kasich said. "We'd clean and be able to keep the river and lake healthier at the same time, helping people be successful in their businesses."

Currently, dredge from the Toledo harbor is being dumped into Lake Erie, causing a problem with the algae on the lake. Under the new proclamation, the dredge will be composted on land into safe, reusable topsoil.

"The lake is our great jewel. It is a key to so many things all along northern Ohio, so we're going to keep doing everything we can to make sure we've got wind," Kasich said.

The governor is working closely with environmental and local leaders. Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins says he sees this as a leap in the right direction.

"This is another great day for the City of Toledo, because this is the most progressive step that has been taken in modern history in order to be able to ensure the integrity of that body of water called Lake Erie," Collins said.

Money for the project would come from a $10 million fund championed by state Sen. Randy Gardner, from Bowling Green. 

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