Lake Erie

EPA Approves Ohio’s List of Unhealthy Waters, Ignoring Algae-Plagued Lake Erie

Just weeks after conservation groups sued the U.S. EPA to make a decision on Ohio’s list of waters that don’t meet Clean Water Act standards, the EPA has approved Ohio’s list. The EPA issued a letter approving Ohio EPA’s impaired waters list on May 18, despite the list excluding the open waters of Lake Erie, which in recent years have been plagued by harmful algal blooms that have poisoned drinking water and harmed local businesses. The state of Michigan included the open waters of Lake Erie on its impaired waters list due to its frequent accumulation of toxic algae.

Environmental groups sue EPA over condition of Lake Erie

Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit, accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of violating the Clean Water Act.

The lawsuit involves a dispute over whether western Lake Erie should be classified as an impaired waterway.

In the suit, groups including the National Wildlife Federation and the Ohio Environmental Council claim the EPA is violating federal law because it has not yet acted on Ohio’s list of impaired waters.

Environmentalists sue US EPA over Lake Erie

“The science is there and it’s voluminous that the open waters of Lake Erie are impaired ... (This) list is the first step in making sure that Ohio moves forward to mitigate toxic algae,” said Trent Dougherty, an attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, also part of Tuesday’s lawsuit.

In February, the U.S. EPA approved Michigan’s list, which includes its portion of Lake Erie’s open waters. But Michigan alone will not be able to clean the lake, conservation advocates say.

Groups Sue U.S. EPA to Act on Lake Erie

To force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect communities and businesses from harmful algal blooms that have plagued Lake Erie for years, today a coalition of businesses, conservation advocates, and sportsmen groups sued, asking a federal judge to order the agency to carry out its duty under the Clean Water Act. In 2014, a harmful algal bloom poisoned drinking water for more than 400,000 people in Toledo, and in 2015, an algal bloom stretched for over 300 square miles.

Coalition Letter to President Trump to Stop Asian Carp

Mr. President:

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Great Lakes and Mississippi River advocates that our organizations represent, we write today to ask that you immediately release the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Brandon Road Tentatively Selected Plan. This plan seeks to provide options to reduce the risk of Asian carp from entering and decimating the Great Lakes.

In Ohio, farmers are being trained to avoid nutrient build

Kristy Meyer of the Ohio Environmental Council wants the training to reach even more farmers, including those who use manure. Her organization is watching to see what happens after the September deadline.

“We'd really like to start to see Department of Agriculture going out doing random audits, seeing how we're doing with this training program,” explained Meyer.


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