Michigan's Draft Domestic Action Plan for Lake Erie
Michigan’s draft Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan was developed by the Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Environmental Quality, and Natural Resources to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie. Reducing phosphorus inputs to the lake is intended to help reduce persistent, intense algal blooms in the western part of Lake Erie, including those that are unsafe for people, and address low dissolved oxygen levels in the central basin of Lake Erie.
Michigan’s draft Domestic Action Plan is one of several plans from surrounding states, the Canadian province of Ontario, and the U.S. and Canadian federal governments. The final version, along with plans from other Lake Erie Basin states (Indiana, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania), will be integrated into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s comprehensive plan scheduled for release in February 2018.
The draft plan is now available for public review and comment through Friday, July 14. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to DEQ-LakeErieDAP@Michigan.gov or mailed to the following address:
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Water Resources Division
Attn: Lake Erie DAP
P.O. Box 30458
Lansing, MI 48909
A public informational meeting was held on Wednesday, June 28, on the campus of Adrian College in Jones Hall, Baer Auditorium. The address is 112 S. Charles St., Adrian, MI 49221. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide comments on the draft Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan.