Michigan’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:
The Great Lakes Water Authority has reached a milestone goal six years ahead of schedule.
State agencies submitted their final Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sharing Michigan’s strategies to improve water quality in Lake Erie and help reduce instances of harmful algal blooms.
A Blue Accounting initiative tracking progress toward a healthier Lake Erie
The Michigan Cleaner Lake Erie through Action and Research partnership includes 20 organizations working to inform Michigan about activities centered around care for Lake Erie.
In this four-part blog series, an agricultural newbie attempts to explain one of the Great Lakes' biggest challenges.