Ohio lake area fights to change image after algae

Aug 8, 2011

ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) - Toxic algae plaguing Ohio's largest inland lake has created a negative public image that organizations and residents in the area are determined to change.

They're working to draw tourists back to western Ohio's Grand Lake St. Marys and using television, newspapers and social media to spread the word that the lake is improving. Meanwhile, state, federal and local agencies continue efforts to control the algae and improve water quality.

The Lake Improvement Association is one of the organizations leading efforts to revive the 13,000-acre lake and the tourism business tied to it.

The Lima News reports that association president Tim Lovett says one of the biggest issues is what he describes as "selling this place."  But Lovett and others are optimistic they can succeed in those efforts.