“This could strap a lot of local health districts. They have such a tight bottom line,” said Kristy Meyer, natural-resources managing director for the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council. “To add this in with no funding could be really detrimental.”
And discussions about who should test for and respond to algae blooms distracts from conversations about how to prevent them, Meyer said.
“We shouldn’t be treating the symptoms. We should be treating the disease,” she said.