For an in-depth look at Lake Erie watersheds, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) partners with several state agencies (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) to track changes in nutrient and sediment loads, at specific locations within the watersheds.
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.