Most cost-effective way to cut runoff? CFAES study’s answer may surprise you

image of tax and moneyAn economic solution could be the most cost-effective way to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie, says an analysis by CFAES’s Brent Sohngen. Imposing a 25 percent tax on phosphorus fertilizer could cut soluble phosphorus in northwest Ohio watersheds by about 8 percent, he said. “I don’t want to suggest that a tax on phosphorus could solve everything,” he said. “There’s no silver bullet, and the issues are complex.” Read the story. To control harmful algal blooms, the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force has recommended an overall 40 percent cut in phosphorus runoff into the lake. (Photo: iStock.)

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