The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement requires all jurisdictions surrounding Lake Erie to publish action plans for addressing increasingly severe algal blooms, and the deadline is this month.
So far, we’ve seen final plans from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Canada-Ontario. We are still waiting to see what Indiana, Michigan, and the US Environmental Protection Agency propose.
Based on what we’ve seen in the draft and final versions, these plans are a good first step, but generally fail to adequately address the largest source of the problem—runoff pollution from agriculture. Read our analysis of the Canada-Ontario plan at our sister organization Freshwater Future Canada.
Given how severe the situation is—algae threatens the safety of our drinking water, health of fish, and quality of beaches—we need every jurisdiction to step up with a concrete plan to reduce the runoff pollution that fuels toxic algal blooms.
Freshwater Future will continue to advocate for policies that hold polluters accountable for protecting Lake Erie, and we’ll let you know of opportunities to add your voice.
Information from Freshwater Future newsletter, Freshwater Weekly.