Lake Erie Algae (ErieStat)

New York’s Phosphorus Control Strategies


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Binational Strategy

New York Implementation Details

Reduce phosphorus loading from agricultural sources

In addition to NYS’ continued support for the voluntary Agricultural Environmental Management program, the Department of Environmental Conservation and partners are collecting and analyzing water quality data for Lake Erie tributaries to identify watershed areas where additional nutrient reductions may be needed

Reduce phosphorus loadings from municipal sources

Support watershed-based planning and restoration efforts

Lake Erie watershed partners continue to develop a Nine Element Watershed Plan to achieve nutrient levels that sufficiently balance aquatic ecosystem needs with protection from algal blooms

Coordinate science, research, and monitoring

Under a statewide harmful algal bloom initiative, New York is developing action plans for affected inland lakes, piloting mitigation projects, and has released a research guide

Enhance communication and outreach

New York Department of Environmental Conservation staff will continue to work with the Great Lakes Commission to annually update content and share progress on the efforts identified above.