Domestic Action Plans contain the overarching strategies (often referred to as activities or tactics) for meeting the 40% phosphorus reduction goal for the western and central Lake Erie basins. Domestic Action Plans arose from commitments made by the U.S. and Canada under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

The ErieStat team is working with our partners in the federal, provincial, and state governments to allow users to search for Domestic Action Plan content that will be tracked by ErieStat as a unique strategy and corresponding investment. Content is being added over time; check back often or follow @BlueAccounting on Twitter for updates.

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Stewardship Credit program

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, is working to finalize a program to prevent nutrient loss and protect water quality through the purchase and retirement of Stewardship Credits.

Reduce phosphorus discharge from significant minor NPDES facilities without limits

Minor municipal wastewater treatment plants are those with flow less than 1 million gallons per day. Although major treatment plants (more than 1 million gallons per day) in the Lake Erie basin have a total phosphorus monthly average effluent limit of 1 milligram/liter (mg/L), many minor treatment plants or industrial facilities do not have a phosphorus limit in their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

CSO loadings

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, along with other local partners, conduct monitoring of nutrient discharge levels from priority combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to evaluate seasonal and annual loads.

Sandusky Bay Initiative

Sandusky Bay has been recognized as a priority management area, and it contains some of the most significant coastal wetland systems in the Lake Erie basin. Under the Sandusky Bay Initiative, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Ohio Lake Erie Commission will fund and complete engineering and design work for 12 planned restoration projects.