Watershed planning helps identify critical areas, set local goals, and coordinate implementation of conservation practices. Development of news plans are underway in 26 HUC12 Maumee River watersheds to identify load reduction opportunities and establish far-field phosphorus targets at the watershed level. Far-field planning efforts look to meet overarching Annex 4 nutrient reduction goals, rather than goals for localized impairments. Existing plans will be updated to incorporate far-field phosphorus targets.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency funds infrastructure projects through H2Ohio that will improve water quality, which includes extending sewers to areas with high concentrations of failing home sewage treatment systems. The first project in the Lake Erie basin will construct a new waterwater collection and treatment system in Kunkle, Ohio, within the Maumee River watershed.
State funding through H2Ohio is available for local counties and health departments to repair or replace failing home sewage treatment systems (HSTSs). Since 2016, funding has also been awarded to local counties and health departments to direct funding assistance to eligible homeowners.
The H2Ohio program will create, restore, and enhance 3,535 acres of wetlands in strategic, targeted areas in Ohio. Wetlands filter commercial, agricultural, and landscaping nutrients from Ohio rivers and lakes, and help provide clean water for drinking, recreation, and quality habitats for plants and animals.
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Prescription and over-the-counter medications are a contaminant of emerging concern (CEC) known to impact source water. Water treatment facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceutical contaminants, and trace amounts of have been found in rivers and lakes around the world. To reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals entering the Great Lakes, communities around the basin have implemented programs to raise awareness and provide safe disposal of unused drugs.
As one of the largest wastewater and drinking water providers in the nation, the Great Lakes Water Authority is a leader in collaborating with researchers to understand threats to drinking water and strategies for protecting source water. Research at GLWA spans from source water monitoring, to research on effective drinking water and wastewater treatment strategies.
In addition to meeting all safe drinking water act requirements, Great Lakes Water Authority carries out additional monitoring activities as part of federal programs and research initiatives, state-mandated programs, and voluntary actions.
The Great Lakes Water Authority has water quality sensing equipment located at two surface intakes in the Detroit River that contribute data to the Huron-to-Erie Real-time Drinking Water Protection Network.
The City of Milwaukee Water Works Department Water Quality Monitoring Program exceeds state and federal requirements – both by testing source water and treated water and by voluntarily testing for an expanded contaminant list.
The city of Toledo works with LimnoTech to maintain a scientific buoy and monitoring sensors in Lake Erie near the City’s drinking water intake to assist with gathering real-time environmental data and to monitor potential impacts to drinking water from harmful algal blooms.
The Toledo Police Department provides 24-hour unwanted prescription medication drop-off sites for all solid drugs and pills and participates in biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Days, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.
The City of Toledo partners with regional government entities, nonprofits, soil and water districts, and others stakeholders to educate the public about best practices for water stewardship within the Western Lake Erie Basin.
Great Lakes Water Authority developed a mobile-access, geographic information systems (GIS)-based map that incorporates real-time operational data along its wastewater interceptors and at its rain gauges.
The City of Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant has taken voluntary steps to enhance the removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from drinking water.
Great Lakes Water Authority partners with the University of Michigan and other Lake Erie stakeholders on several research and assessment projects aimed at better understanding and reducing phosphorus loading into the Detroit River from point sources within the city and nonpoint sources from the surrounding watershed.
Great Lakes Water Authority has an internal goal of maintaining the phosphorus concentration of their effluent at 80 percent of the permit limit for their Water Resource Recovery Facility.
The city of Milwaukee coordinates with local stakeholders to provide multiple options for people to safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.
The Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (FWWA) has a targeted effort to work with farmers in three subwatersheds with some of the highest nutrient and sediment loading in the Lower Fox River watershed to improve water quality in northeastern Wisconsin.
The city of Toledo participates in multiple regional partnerships and planning efforts aimed at mitigating spills that could potentially impact sources of drinking water.