Michael C. Miller is professor emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Madeline Fleisher is a staff attorney at the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Columbus.
Everyone loves a good fish story. Depending on how this tale ends, it may not be one we’ll want to read to our kids at bedtime.
That’s because this story begins with how much mercury has been dumped into the Ohio River where locals love to fish, swim, boat and jet ski. And it could end badly – and soon – if an eight-state commission announces this week it will withdraw a ban it crafted in 2003 to reduce the flow of mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin, into the river.
To be sure, there are other pollutants in the Ohio River we need to worry about too. Recent headlines rightly focused on outbreaks of poisonous algae spreading across the Ohio since August.