State cancels public meeting on draft Lake Erie Adaptive Management Plan

Contact: MDARD – Jessy Sielski, 517-284-5725, DNR – Joanne Foreman, 517-284-5814, EGLE – Nick Assendelft, 517-284-6716

May 19, 2020

The following news release was issued earlier today by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

LANSING — In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, a public information meeting initially scheduled for early June to discuss the Adaptive Management Plan for reducing algal blooms in western Lake Erie has been canceled.

The Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural Development; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Natural Resources urge interested parties to submit comments on the plan before the comment period ends June 19.

The Adaptive Management Plan—a companion document to the 2018 Michigan Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan—describes the status of water quality in Michigan’s portion of the Lake Erie Basin. The plan also includes a list of planning and implementation actions the state will take to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the lake by 40 percent by 2025.

Comments on the draft Adaptive Management Plan will be accepted in the following ways:

  • Email to EGLE-LakeErieDAP@Michigan.gov.
  • Postal mail to Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Water Resources Division, Attn: Lake Erie AM DAP, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, MI 48909.

To request a printed copy of the Adaptive Management Plan, contact Kimberly Passick at 517-284-5053 or PassickK@michigan.gov.

The public informational session was canceled in accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start plan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

For additional information about either the Domestic Action Plan or the Adaptive Management Plan, visit Michigan.gov/LakeErieDAP.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.