It’s critical to prevent toxic algae in the drinking water supply instead of focusing on cleaning it up once it happens, experts reported to a House panel, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), whose district includes much of the Toledo area affected by last summer’s algae-bloom pollution, was part of the panel that met to investigate what caused that contamination “that left roughly half a million people without access to safe drinking water for two days” in August 2014. That situation “caused many to question the testing protocol, treatment process and response to such emergencies.” Scientists and environmental experts say there are factors that can be addressed, such as farm waste runoff, and that prevention is easier than cleaning polluted water. Craig Butler, the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, said the agricultural community has been cooperative and supportive of efforts to reduce fertilizer pollution. The president of the American Water Works Association, John J. Donahue, agreed, saying it would be unfair “to force public water utilities to clean up the water without trying to prevent the pollution.” For more, read the full article