The Columbus Metropolitan Library serves 21 locations in Franklin County, and its operations center in Gahanna serves as a hub for the movement of all the materials that move through the system. We sneak behind the scenes after dark to find out just exactly how the books get onto the shelf.
State Revisits Algae Blooms
Ohio plans to have two study groups research how to better fight toxic algae on Lake Erie after seeing a concentrated algae bloom in its western basin this year.
The algae bloom this year added to the “dead zone” where fish can’t live and that it could threaten the lake’s tourism industry, valued at $10 billion. Runoffs of fertilizer, manure and sewage contribute phosphorus that feed blue-green algae, which can produce toxins
that can sicken people and animals.
Environmentalists say officials need to take action to reduce such runoffs from farms and sewage treatment facilities before the algae problem worsens.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Agriculture each plan to have a panel work on the issue.