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Lake Erie Impairment Designation

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February 26, 2019

State of the Lake Event in Hillsdale County

Extension educators from the Tri-State area will cover topics related to agriculture and nutrient management; including cover crops, new Tri-State Fertility Guide, and fine-tuning a nutrient management plan. February 26, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM at Hillsdale County MSU Extension: 20 Care Dr, Ste B, Hillsdale, Michigan 49242. Registration is required. Cost is $20 and includes dinner. 

December 04, 2018

Great Lakes Commission convenes binational advisors to help track progress in Lake Erie

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) today introduced a newly formed advisory group for Blue Accounting’s ErieStat, a website designed to track progress toward the binational goal of reducing phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 percent. The advisors met for the first time on Monday, November 12 in Ann Arbor.

October 05, 2018

MAEAP Verifies 30 Farms in August 2018

30 farms were MAEAP verified in August 2018. "These represent the agricultural community's commitment to a sustainable environment."

August 20, 2018

Lucas County seeks to join Lake Erie algae lawsuit

Lucas County wants to become one of the plaintiffs in a landmark case filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the future cleanup strategy for western Lake Erie.

July 01, 2018

Western Lake Erie HAB Early Season Projection 2018

Here you'll find this year's and previous year's Harmful Algal Bloom projections.

June 04, 2018

Lake Erie Issues on Town Hall Ohio

The senior director of corporate communications at the Ohio Farm Bureau interviews Jessica D'Ambrosio of The Nature Conservancy and Dr. Chris Winslow of Ohio Sea Grant  about problems faced on Lake Erie.

An impaired watershed designation means they are considered too polluted or otherwise degraded to meet the water quality standards set by states, territories or authorized tribes in the U.S. Under section 303 (d) of the Clean Water Act. When an impaired designation is made, states are required to develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for these waters. A TMDL is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a water body can receive and still meet the water quality standards.

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