For every "Strategy" presented on ErieStat, a corresponding "Investment" is being tracked. We’re not only presenting dollars invested, but tracking each strategy's implementation to see how pieces fit together as a “big picture” of phosphorus control Progress.

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United States: Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program

Beginning in 2010, the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program (GLSNRP) began receiving funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Each year (except 2015), the program has funded a new set of projects that are typically 3-4 years in duration. Between 2010 and 2018, GLSNRP funded 105 projects across the Great Lakes basin.

United States: Runoff Risk Advisory Forecasts for Farmers

Runoff Risk Decision Support tools provide farmers and producers actionable guidance about when to avoid short-term nutrient applications due to unfavorable environmental conditions.  Runoff Risk tools are based on real-time National Weather Service (NWS) weather and hydrologic models and have been collaboratively developed with many state agencies, universities, and other ag-centric partners in the Great Lakes region.

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

The primary tool for working with agriculture in Michigan's portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) is the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).  MAEAP is an innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily minimize agricultural pollution risks. MAEAP was developed by a coalition of farmers, commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and conservation and environmental groups.

Ohio: Water quality monitoring network

Funds for the load monitoring stations are from federal, state, and local governments, as well as private enterprises. In 2018 monitoring partners brought four new stations online. Annually, between 100-500 water quality samples are collected at every site. The timing of which samples are collected is strategic to allow for the calculation of continuous nutrient loads. These loading data allow for a better understanding of each tributary’s contribution to nutrient delivery to Lake Erie. They are also used to track changes in nutrient delivery based on land use changes/best management practices adoption.