LANSING — Today, state Rep. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) and state Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) introduced bills that would prohibit the spread of manure on frozen or snow-covered ground, helping prevent runoff that can jeopardize water sources.

“Algae blooms have been a consistent problem in Michigan, especially in Lake Erie,” said Rep. Hertel. “We’ve seen too many environmental crises in our state, but this one can be quickly helped with a simple intervention. This bill is a small step that will go a long way to helping our water quality and some of the most critical issues with agricultural runoff.”

SB 247 and HB 4418 are a reintroductions from the previous session and are the result of work with local stakeholder groups, including the Sierra Club of Michigan.

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“The environmental and economic consequences of nutrient pollution cannot be ignored,” Sen. Bayer said. “Prohibiting fertilizer application to frozen or snow-covered ground is one way we can do more to safeguard our Great Lakes and protect the resources that Michigan families, businesses and industries rely on.”