The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will support the development and implementation of approved watershed management plans (WMPs) in Michigan’s portion of the Maumee River watershed and Michigan's watersheds that discharge directly into western Lake Erie.
Only a small portion (about 7 percent) of the Maumee watershed lies within Michigan’s borders. Michigan is partnering with Indiana, Ohio, the U.S. EPA, and the U.S. Geological Survey to ensure appropriate monitoring of the watershed. Though continued monitoring is needed, initial monitoring and analysis has revealed that certain parts of the Maumee watershed in Michigan have higher phosphorus concentrations than others.
There are four wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) that will be addressed in the Michigan DAP, including the Great Lakes Water Authority Detroit Wastewater Recovery Facility, the Wayne County Downriver Wastewater Treatment Facility (WTF), the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority (YCUA) WWTP, and the Monroe Metro WTF. These facilities discharge over 90 percent of the total phosphorus point source load downstream of the beginning of the Detroit River to Lake Erie.
New York’s Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) Initiative seeks to mitigate the threat of HABs to sources of drinking water in upstate New York through regional collaboration, advanced monitoring pilot projects, and the development and implementation of community-specific action plans.
The Minnesota Buffer Law requires landowners to establish perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along lakes, rivers, and streams and buffers of 16.5 feet along ditches in order to reduce nutrient and sediment impacts to the state’s waterways.
The Aquatic Invasive Species Interstate Surveillance Framework for the U.S. Waters of the Great Lakes (the Framework) addresses the regional need to establish a comprehensive, basin-wide strategy for detecting new introductions of AIS. The need for a comprehensive early detection strategy is specifically identified in Annex 6 of the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Source Water Assessment and Protection Program exceeds federal planning requirements to help communities create dedicated protection plans.
The Wisconsin Nutrient Strategy is a framework that brings together diverse nutrient management activities for point sources and nonpoint sources across the state. It documents the progress of ongoing activities implemented by federal, state, or local agencies and identifies outstanding needs.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Wellhead Protection Program requires all Indiana communities who rely on groundwater for their public water supply to create dedicated wellhead protection plans.
The Northeast Wisconsin Stormwater Consortium (NEWSC) is a subsidiary of the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance and is made up of 41 permitted MS4 communities working together to meet and exceed Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stormwater regulations.
The Winnebago Waterways Program engages with watershed residents in order to improve, protect and enjoy the lakes and tributaries within the Winnebago System.
The city of Toledo Division of Environmental Services operates an Emergency Response Program that responds to and investigates spills throughout the community.
The city of Toledo participates in multiple regional partnerships and planning efforts aimed at mitigating spills that could potentially impact sources of drinking water.
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 and increase awareness about how personal choices can impact sources of drinking water.
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 harmful algal blooms.
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.
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.