These projects must impact the supply chain for low grade wood or dairy, two industries determined by the WLEB
in need of larger investments to achieve viability.
Potential factors include zebra mussels and other invasive species that have led to clearer water, allowing sunlight to penetrate deeper and increasing algae growth; larger rainfall events happening more reliably each year, which push stormwater and large amounts of untreated sewage into the WLEB; geography (nutrient-rich water flows into Lake Erie from many states and Canada); municipal sewer inputs; industrial pollution; faulty septic systems; lawn applications of fertilizers in residential neighborhoods and on golf courses; farm manure and fertilizer runoff; extreme weather patterns in recent years, and more.
She added the MI CLEAR Partnership will promote awareness of science and research-based efforts aimed at improving the health of Lake Erie, and provide quantifiable metrics and unbiased information about Michigans efforts to preserve and protect the WLEBs waters.
The program will expand conservation and financial aid opportunities available to WLEB
farmers and ranchers who want to take further steps to enhance the quality of the water feeding the Lake.
This initiative will expand conservation and financial assistance opportunities available to WLEB
farmers and ranchers who want to take additional steps to improve the quality of the water feeding the Lake.
Great Lakes Commission ($400,000)-substantial water quality issues plague the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB
), leading to harmful algal blooms each summer in Lake Erie.
The funding will be allocated to the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB
) to help farmers and partners accelerate water quality conservation activities to benefit Lake Erie.