ODNR’s April of 2019 reportLake Erie Grass Carp Response Strategy (2019-2023), describes the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife (DOW) strategy to prevent Grass Carp expansion beyond western Lake Erie, the Maumee and Sandusky rivers. This plan was developed to provide a foundation for on-the-ground efforts to address Grass Carp reproduction in these rivers and population expansion in Lake Erie.
Commentary: Achieving phosphorus reduction targets for Lake Erie:This White Paper addresses Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), which were largely absent from Lake Erie from the 1980s until the mid to late 1990s, have been growing steadily worse in intensity (i.e., density and surface area), with the five worst blooms on record all occurring since 2011 (Kane et al., 2014 ; NOAA, 2017). With the return of eutrophication to the lake, scientists, policymakers and stakeholders have been seeking methods to reduce annual HABs. The Ohio Phosphorus Task Force, convened in both 2007 and 2013, recommended a 40% reduction in phosphorus loading from the Maumee River and Western Basin tributaries to address HABs in the Western Basin.
Both the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Sportfishing Association produce fact sheets that show infographics that reflect the economic impact in Ohio’s congressional districts. Roughly speaking, 4,5,7,9,11, and 14 Ohio Congressional districts fall within the Lake Erie watershed. Keep in mind these statistics are sourced from residences living in the districts and does not capture all activity from those boaters or sport fishermen registered outside the districts who recreate in these areas.
Two years ago, the Office of the Great Lakes and state agency partners released the Michigan Water Strategy, a 30-year vision created from community conversations to guide the protection, restoration, and wise management of Michigan’s water resources. Here is the updated 2018 Annual Report.
See The Toledo AreaCouncil of Government’s (TMACOG) Agenda For Lake Erie 2019-2020 Report. The Agenda for Lake Erie represents TMACOG members’ commitment to the restoration and preservation of the region’s greatest natural resource – Lake Erie. You can also check out their video on several Lake Erie watershed farmers putting BMP’s in place on their farms.
American Rivers released a 2018 report to help protect drinking water in the Great Lakes region. It is a valuable tool for conservationists, community activists, and others working on drinking water issues across the region. “Protecting Drinking Water in the Great Lakes: a Primer on Existing State Policies and Using the Safe Drinking Water Act” was produced by American Rivers in partnership with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. The report reviews Great Lakes’ state policies relative to the Safe Drinking Water Act – with a focus on Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The report is available here.