State extends public comment period for draft Lake Erie Adaptive Management Plan; public meeting planned for June

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2020
Nick Assendelft, EGLE media contact, AssendelftN@Michigan.gov, 517-284-6716
Jessy Sielski, MDARD media contact, SielskiJ@Michigan.gov, 517-284-5725
Joanne Foreman, DNR media contact, ForemanJ@Michigan.gov, 517-284-5814

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Departments of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; Agriculture and Rural Development; and Natural Resources today extended until June 19 the public comment period for the draft Lake Erie Adaptive Management Plan.

The goal is to ensure that residents who are interested have ample opportunity to offer their views on the draft plan, including at a public information meeting in early June. All previous comment period deadlines should be ignored.

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 and includes a list of planning and implementation actions the state will take to achieve nutrient reduction targets set through the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Annex 4 Subcommittee process.

Comments on the draft adaptive management plan will be accepted in the following ways:

  • Email to EGLE-LakeErieDAP@Michigan.gov.
  • 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.
  • Request hard copy of the plan by contacting Kimberly Passick at 517-331-8776 or PassickK@michigan.gov.
  • Public information meeting in early June, with more details to come.

For additional information about either plan, visit Michigan.gov/LakeErieDAP.

The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the risk coronavirus to Michigan residents.

The latest information on the COVID-19 situation is available at ;Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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