New York State (NYS) was not required to prepare a Domestic Action Plan (DAP), as binational phosphorus targets have not been established for the eastern basin under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance (LEWPA), in partnership with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is developing a Nine Element (9E) Watershed Plan to maintain the “Interim Substance Objective for Total Phosphorous Concentration in Open Waters of Eastern Basin of Lake Erie.”
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The 9E Watershed Plan:
- Identifies and quantifies sources of pollution in the watershed.
- Identifies the water quality targets and pollution reductions necessary to reach them.
- Identifies best management practices (BMPs) that will help achieve reductions needed to meet the water quality targets.
The 9E Plan defines the:
- financial/technical assistance needed to implement BMPs
- schedule and milestones of BMP implementation
- criteria and monitoring to be used to assess water quality improvement as the plan is implemented; and,
- role of stakeholders in implementing the plan.
LEWPA has completed the Watershed Characterization Section of the 9E Plan and continues to engage the project advisory group, municipalities and other organizations as they work to complete the final portions of the plan.