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Tom Shoff, left, and Jim Donahue talk to the storm water board about starry stonewort in area waterways.

GOSHEN — The fight against an invasive algae that has a foothold in local waters is going to be pricey, the county storm water board has learned.

Tom Shoff, president of the St. Joe River Association, presented a $200,000 funding request to the Elkhart County Storm Water Board on Monday along with Jim Donahue with Aquatic Weed Control. The association hopes to get a two-to-one match to help manage an invasive weed that popped up in Michigan and Indiana in recent years.

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Joe King

Until the problem of WHY there is excess Phosphorus in the river, this will not solve the problem. It is just throwing good money at a bad situation. Reduce the runoff, inspect farms, put natural barriers to absorb the excess nutrients runoff from farms to tributaries, educate the homeowners on the river about fertilizer use....just take a cruise down the river and you will see the greenest grass you have ever seen, reduce the phosphorus flow from the sewer discharge (bristol) and upriver...make the homeowners hook into the sewers or build a new plant to hook them in. All homes on Lakes had to do it...the river should too... THEN, treat the algae once you have committed to reducing it.

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