Specific activities identified by Lake Erie states, the province, and federal governments within Domestic Action Plans are tracked on ErieStat as Investments.  Tracking these investments will enable the adaptive management of phosphorus control efforts and eventually, provide “big picture” views of phosphorus control Progress.

Investments made in the Lake Erie basin to control phosphorus aren’t expressed only as dollars – it’s also the programs implemented and the people and organizations who implement them. Investments include on-the-ground practices, research and monitoring, infrastructure upgrades, and outreach and education.

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Ohio: Placement of agricultural BMPs in targeted watersheds

Using edge-of-field research from the Ohio State University (OSU), the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will collaborate with USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) to identify a suite of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) to be promoted across the basin.

Pennsylvania: NPDES point source permitting considerations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) implements the EPA-delegated point source National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. The central and field PADEP offices take on different roles to develop the program and issue permits and then conduct necessary monitoring and enforcement activities for issued permits.

Pennsylvania: NPDES erosion and sediment control permitting considerations

To reduce erosion and sediment pollution from earth disturbance activities (i.e., construction), regulations require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for new development, which include standards and criteria for minimizing erosion and post-construction stormwater management.

Pennsylvania: Urban stormwater management and green infrastructure initiatives

Possible partnerships to encourage municipal stormwater management coordination may use the cross-municipal expertise of Councils of Governments (regional planning groups) as well as Erie County government resources such as the Erie County Department of Planning and Erie County Conservation District.

United States: WLEB Initiative

The Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) Initiative is a coordinated strategy, led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), using funding from multiple Farm Bill programs and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to double the number of acres under conservation in the WLEB.

United States: RCPP Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) led by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, was created by the 2014 Farm Bill to promote partnerships in conservation. Under the RCPP, more than 40 partners in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana formed the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) Phosphorus Reduction Initiative.

The Tri-State RCPP consists of a diverse team of partners using a targeted approach to identify high-priority sub-watersheds for phosphorus reduction and implement conservation practices on the 855,000 acres that have been identified as the most critical areas to treat.

United States: GLRI ag nonpoint source projects

Under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), U.S. EPA issues grants to state and local partners to implement watershed management and domestic action plans to reduce nutrient loading from agricultural lands.

A major priority of the GLRI is to reduce harmful algae in the nearshore areas of Green Bay, Saginaw Bay and Western Lake Erie basin. Projects will target best management practices to critical source areas to achieve phosphorus reduction goals.

For more information, visit www.glri.us

United States: GLRI urban nonpoint source projects

Under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), federal agencies and their partners fund urban watershed management projects that will treat, slow, or capture untreated stormwater runoff, helping to improve water quality conditions.

Emphasis is on implementation of green infrastructure practices to reduce stormwater runoff from urban areas. These projects also reduce flooding, increase green space in urban areas, and return vacant properties to productive use.

United States: Ottawa River wetland restoration, Toledo, Ohio

This Great Lakes Fisheries & Ecosystem Restoration project will convert 16 acres of urban/industrial land into high quality flood plain wetlands and associated riparian habitat.

The restored wetlands will be designed to maintain a hydrologic connection with the river and result in the capture and treatment of roughly 24 million gallons of overland flow each year.