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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Lake Erie tributary monitoring

The Lake Erie watershed has been identified through New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Clean Water Planning Initiative as a high priority for water quality improvement, and Lake Erie is currently the focus of binational efforts under Annex 4 (Nutrients) of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) to assess and reduce nutrient loadings. The objectives of this project are:

Promote soil health practices

Healthy soil with a higher organic content reduces erosion, requires less nutrient inputs, ameliorates the effects of flood and drought, and reduces nutrient and sediment loading to streams and rivers. The four key principles to building healthy soils are:

  • Minimize soil disturbance through never-till or conservation tillage practices
  • Maximize soil cover
  • Keep living roots growing as long as possible
  • Grow a variety of plants