Targets set to reduce Lake Erie algae

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality



In February 2016, the Great Lakes Executive Committee, which oversees the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) between the U.S. and Canada, approved phosphorus loading targets for Lake Erie to reduce the size of harmful algal blooms (HABs), reduce the presence of the low oxygen zone in the central basin, and protect nearshore water quality. The targets are set with respect to the nutrient loads calculated for 2008. To reduce the impacts of HABs on Lake Erie a target was set of a 40 percent reduction in total and soluble reactive phosphorus loads in the spring from two Canadian rivers and several Michigan and Ohio rivers, especially the Maumee River ( finalptargets-ciblesfinalesdep/). States and the province of Ontario are already developing Domestic Action Plans to accomplish the reductions and scientists are developing research and monitoring plans to assess progress.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype State or Local Government Series
Title Targets set to reduce Lake Erie algae
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Michigan Office of the Great Lakes
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 2 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Title Michigan State of the Great Lakes
First page 12
Last page 13
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