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Ohio Voters Win Legal Protections for Lake Erie

HeadlineFeb 27, 2019

In more environmental news, Lake Erie has earned some of the same legal rights as humans, thanks to voters in Toledo, Ohio. On Tuesday, Toledo residents enacted the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, which guarantees “the right to a healthy environment” and will allow citizens to sue on behalf of the lake when it is being harmed. Agricultural and industrial interests lobbied against the bill, but it still passed handily, with over 60 percent of votes. The law is the first of its kind in the United States and comes after years of organizing by local environmental activists.

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