The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) will kick off a webinar series called Taking Action on Lake Erie on October 5 at 11 a.m.-noon Eastern. The series will offer an inside look at how Michigan and its partners are working together to enhance stewardship of the land and improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
The first installment in the series will focus on efforts to locate and prioritize agricultural sites that have the potential to impact water quality in the lake. In recent years, the Western Lake Erie Basin has been experiencing the reappearance of significant algal blooms, which are caused in part by excessive nutrients from agriculture. These algal blooms can harm aquatic life and present challenges for drinking water treatment.
The one-hour webinar will showcase Michigan’s efforts to use modeling techniques, desktop analysis, and field inventory to better understand which sites may be contributing significant nutrient loads. The goal is to use that information to implement agricultural best management practices on sites with the greatest potential to reduce nutrient loading and improve water quality.
If your state is interested in learning more about Michigan’s policy or public outreach efforts, register here.