By Suzanne Steel | Posted on 9/17/2014

water qtyLONDON, Ohio – Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences announced a wide-ranging water quality initiative yesterday at the Farm Science Review.

Called Field to Faucet, the initiative will seek end-to-end solutions to hazardous algal blooms and water quality issues, said Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the college, speaking to a crowd of 700 people at the Review’s opening-day lunch.

“Toledo was a wake-up call,” McPheron said. “Just over a month ago, the city of Toledo awoke to the news that parents could not draw water from their taps for their children. Restaurants were shuttered, parks were closed, citizens wondered whether to eat food washed in tap water and whether to shower.”

McPheron pulled together a university-wide group to address the source of the problems and to ensure clean drinking water across Ohio.

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