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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has a page dedicated to cyanobacterial HABs, including information on health effects, causes and prevention, and state-specific resources.
The Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force Phase II effort built on the work of the 2010 Phase I report by incorporating newly available information and including more stakeholders with additional areas of expertise. The purpose of Phosphorus Task Force Phase II is to 1) develop reduction targets for total and dissolved reactive phosphorus that can be used to track future progress, and 2) develop policy and management recommendations based upon new and emerging data and information.
The Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2020 reflects the state of Ohio’s priorities to protect, preserve and restore Lake Erie. The purpose of the plan is to identify the state’s strategic direction for Lake Erie and the Lake Erie watershed to achieve established environmental, recreational, and economic goals.
Representatives from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Environment and Climate Change Canada presented on the ongoing efforts to manage excess phosphorus loads leading to toxic and nuisance algal blooms and hypoxia in Lake Erie. The webinar provided a brief overview of information and updates on work under the Nutrients Annex of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) and included presentations by experts from the Nutrients Annex Subcommittee.
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.
In the Great Lakes region, recreational boating presents a particularly significant management challenge for efforts aimed at limiting the spread and impacts of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The adoption of legislative policy with a regulatory component (including mandatory boat inspections) has been especially strong in western US. Here, we present a review of the current WID laws and regulations for all eight Great Lakes states to see how each state’s program compares to the recommended authorities set forth in the Model. Our review uses the framework developed by Sea Grant Law Center.
States, especially in the western United States, have taken significant action to reduce the aquatic invasive species risk associated with the recreational boating pathway. In addition to enacting laws and regulations that prohibit the possession, transport, and release of aquatic invasive species, over a dozen states have developed extensive watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) programs.
Risk assessments identify, evaluate, and estimate the level of risk of a potential invasive species or pathway. They are an important tool in invasive species management, and are used to inform, prevent, prioritize, and respond.
The goal of these two databases is to provide a record of completed risk assessments relevant to North America. These assessments have been completed by a range of government and non-government organizations.