The United States and Canada adopted phosphorus load reduction targets to combat Lake Erie algal blooms.
This document outlines federal and state efforts to achieve the binational phosphorus load reduction targets adopted in 2016 under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
Michigan outlines actions to reduce phosphorus loading to Lake Erie.
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA), signed by Canada and the United States, is a commitment to protect the waters of the Great Lakes. It was most recently updated in 2012. Annex 4 was formed to manage phosphorus concentrations and loadings (and other nutrients if warranted) in the Great Lakes.
Ohio outlines actions to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie.
Pennsylvania outlines actions to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie.
Canada and Ontario outline actions to reduce phosphorus loading to Lake Erie.
The purpose of this Lake Erie Binational Phosphorus Reduction Strategy is to describe the framework for binational cooperation under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Nutrients Annex towards the achievement of the 2016 binational phosphorus reduction targets.
The Invasive Species Rapid Response and Control Grant Program shows New York Department of Environmental Conservation's commitment to implementing the agency's program policy entitled Rapid Response for Invasive Species: Framework for Response. The most successful applications for the first round of the Invasive Species Rapid Response and Control grants emphasized early detection, rapid response, and monitoring, as well as providing measures to ensure the long-term success of the project.
To address the risks posed by invasive species, New York has developed an Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan (ISCMP), to encompass all current and future invasive species taxa and the suite of ecosystem types (e.g., terrestrial, freshwater, and marine) found across the State. The ISCMP was designed to highlight the great work that has already done by promoting existing programs and methods that have been successful, while identifying structures and processes to help guide invasive species management into the future.
The Rapid Response Framework for Invasive Species is designed to provide resource managers with a defined response system and list of procedures that can be initiated upon discovery of a new invasive species infestation. The goal of this policy is to promote timely decision-making and communication in the event of a new invasive species infestation while limiting authority conflicts and duplication of effort.
To combat the impacts of invasive plants, pests and diseases, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation created and supports the Bureau of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (BISEH) within the Division of Lands and Forests. The Bureau works across the state by providing expertise, assistance and action where invasive plants, pests and diseases are a threat to the environment. BISEH collaborates with numerous stakeholders including State and Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission seeks to educate the public on how to stop the spread of AIS and enforce regulations on aquatic species banned in Pennsylvania.
An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan's economy, environment, or human health.
No waterway, from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, is immune to the negative impacts of aquatic invasive species, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, along with many state and federal partners, are continually monitoring these risks.
RIPPLE is a campaign aimed at educating both consumers and retailers about proper containment and disposal methods for plants and animals associated with the pond and pet store industries. RIPPLE focuses on the risks associated with releasing aquatic invasive plants and animals and practices that can reduce the likelihood of establishment.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its federal partners are developing Action Plan III, which will outline priorities and goals for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action (GLRI) for fiscal years 2020-2024.
The first Action Plan Great Lakes Restoration Initiative identified goals, objectives, measurable ecological targets, and specific actions for five focus areas for work in the Great Lakes. The Action Plan was used by federal agencies in the development of the federal budget for Great Lakes restoration in fiscal years 2011-2014. As such, it served as guidance for collaborative restoration work with participants to advance restoration. The Action Plan also helped advance the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with Canada.
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.