Excess phosphorus entering Lake Erie contributes to the formation of harmful algal blooms and dead zones, which can be dangerous for fish, wildlife and people. In June 2015, the Governors of Michigan and Ohio and Premier of Ontario signed a Collaborative Agreement to work together toward a 40% reduction in the amount of total and dissolved phosphorus entering Lake Erie’s Western Basin.
The ErieStat pilot of the Blue Accounting program and will bring together water quality experts to discuss and agree on methods and data sources to track progress toward meeting the goal of a 40% reduction in phosphorus loads to the Western Lake Erie Basin. Blue Accounting information management services will provide this information to stakeholders.
ErieStat will provide valuable services to the states of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio and the province of Ontario as these governments work to implement policies and programs to achieve the bi-national phosphorus reduction goal.