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.
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.
Canada and Ontario outline actions to reduce phosphorus loading to Lake Erie.
Plans were developed in 2016 for one surface water intake in Lake Huron and two in the Detroit River that supply Great Lakes Water Authority drinking water treatment plans. While these SWIPPs are not publicly available, this press release was created to let Great Lakes Water Authority customers learn about what is being done to protect their source of drinking water.
The City of Toledo faces a risk of exposure to a hazardous material release due to the concentration of chemical industries and transportation infrastructure located in and around the metropolitan area. This plan, approved in 2011, is an effort by the City to increase the likelihood that upstream spills can be mitigated before reaching the drinking water intake in Lake Erie.
Through this plan, the City of Toledo collaborates with other local, state and federal agencies to respond to and mitigate any hazardous materials incidents that occur in the city. The plan describes the strategy for a coordinated response to a discharge or substantial threat of discharge of oil, a release of a hazardous substance from a vessel, offshore facility, or onshore facility operating within the boundaries of the coastal and inland area of Western Lake Erie.
Developed annually since 2010, the action plan is designed to prevent the spread of invasive Asian carp in the Great Lakes. The action plan incorporates advances in the most current science making it a continually evolving foundation for the work of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) partnership — a collaboration of 27 U.S. and Canadian federal, state, and provincial agencies and organizations.
A strategic plan to prevent new invaders from arriving and surviving in the province, to slow or reverse the spread of existing invasive species and to reduce the harmful impacts of existing invasive species.
The Lake Superior Aquatic Invasive Species Complete Prevention Plan (the Plan) is an expression of the best professional judgment of the members of the Lake Superior Task Force as to what is necessary to protect Lake Superior from new aquatic invasive species.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) proactively established an agency-wide Invasive Species Team to develop and implement the DCNR Invasive Species Management Plan. The plan, based on results of two surveys administered to DCNR land managers and program staff (2004 and 2010), provides broad strategies and recommendations for invasive species prevention, survey and detection, and control. It also addresses appropriate habitat restoration, staff training and public outreach and education.
The actions recommended in this State Management Plan (SMP) are designed to be effective in preventing both the entry of new organisms into Ohio waters and the transfer and spread of organisms among and within water bodies in the state. This SMP also aims to minimize the impacts of invasive species on the environment, economy, and society and to protect and maintain biodiversity, industry, and recreational opportunities.
This action-based, strategic plan updates the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYDEC) "Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Management Plan," which was written in 1993. A draft version of the plan was released for public comment from October 29 - December 15, 2014. The final plan includes a summary of the nearly 300 comments received during the public review process. The plan includes more than 50 actions designed to address prevention, detection, and response to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).
Minnesota Statutes require the Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources to establish statewide coordinating programs for invasive species. The statutes also require them to prepare this statewide invasive species management plan to coordinate the aspects of invasive species activities in Minnesota. The Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC) took a lead role to develop this plan which can be implemented by MISAC member organizations and other entities in the state.
The Indiana Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Management Plan identifies feasible, cost-effective management practices and measures to be taken on by state and local programs to prevent and control ANS infestations in a manner that is environmentally sound.
This comprehensive plan outlines new actions for implementation as well as maintaining and enhancing existing efforts to prevent the introduction of new AIS, prevent the dispersal of AIS, detect and respond to new invaders, and minimize the harmful effects of AIS in Michigan waters.
Michigan outlines actions to reduce phosphorus loading to Lake Erie.
Indiana outlines actions to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie.
Ohio outlines actions to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie.
Pennsylvania outlines actions to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie.
Annex 4 of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement describes the nutrient management objectives for the Great Lakes.