Last updated: August 11. 2014 12:01AM - 431 Views
Jeff Rasawehr Celina



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The water disaster continues with no leadership in Ohio.


Where does this disaster originate? From the tile lines discharge into creeks and waterways. I am confident it also is connected to the high rate of cancer:


I had the opportunity to attend the SWCS conference in Lombard, Illinois, on July 28 and in the meeting on Grand Lake, I asked Ronald Bigner from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the water disaster in Mercer County and he affirmed that 99 percent of the problems come from the tile lines.


Senate Bill 150 addresses little that will make a difference.


Why is this connected to cancer? While some of the excess water is passing in the tile lines, a good portion is filtering into our region’s entire water supply.


What can farmers do? Emphasize natural healthy biology in their soil — steadily and quickly reduce the toxic chemicals they use and take steps to naturally feed and sustain the soil biology. There are a growing number of farmers practicing “ecological-sustainable” models and almost all are reporting greater profitability.


What can nonfarmers do? Instead of just attending fundraisers for cancer victims and their funerals it is time for the local citizens to stand up for their rights.


Each farmer-landowner needs to test his or her tile lines on a regular basis. On my own farms I continually test the quality of the water coming out of the tile lines.


By placing huge amounts of money on big projects, we are only waging an uphill battle against this catastrophe. Senate Bill 150 and dredging the lake will do little to nothing to address the root cause.


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