Taking Action on Lake Erie

Lake Erie Detroit River ScenicMichigan’s Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan was developed by the Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Natural Resources to reduce the amount of phosphorus, a nutrient, entering the Lake Erie basin. The Domestic Action Plan for Lake Erie sets the road map for reducing phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025. Reducing phosphorus inputs to the lake is intended to help reduce occurrences of harmful algal blooms, events where overgrowth of algae can produce harmful toxins.

Michigan's plan is one of several from surrounding states integrated into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s comprehensive plan released March 2018.

What Michigan is doing:

  • Reducing phosphorus loads from the Detroit River watershed, River Raisin watershed, and Michigan’s portion of the Maumee River watershed
  • Conducting research to better understand the causes of blooms
  • Forming collaborative partnerships to provide technical and financial assistance to farmers
  • Reaching out to the public and farmers to promote understanding of good conservation practices
  • Promoting wetland restoration and other land management initiatives

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How You Can Help:

  • Don’t dump grass clippings or other landscaping debris into any water body
  • Never throw anything into a storm drain
  • Service your septic system regularly - get SepticSmart
  • Dispose of pet waste in the trash or your toilet
  • Volunteer with a local conservation group or watershed council
  • Follow directions for safe application of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides