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WEBINAR: Watershed Management of Nutrients in Lake Erie

May 10, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Please click here, to register for this webinar. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions about joining the webinar. 

The International Joint Commission (the Commission) is an independent binational organization that prevents and resolves disputes relating to the use and quality of the shared waters of the United States and Canada, including the Great Lakes, and is served in an advisory capacity by the Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB).  One of the responsibilities of the IJC is to provide advice and recommendations to the governments on issues impacting the quality of the waters of the Great Lakes.

The issue of excess nutrients and resulting algal blooms has plagued Lake Erie for more than 50 years.  Spurred by public outcry and concern, significant efforts were undertaken in the 1970s that resulted in marked reductions in phosphorus inputs.  Lake Erie showed visible improvements and a remarkable recovery. However, by the early 2000’s Lake Erie was again experiencing increasingly severe eutrophication problems and a resurgence of severe algal blooms due to excessive nutrient enrichment.

The WQB Legacy Issues Work Group (LIWG) believes that the implementation of effective watershed management plans is an important tool in reducing nutrient loading to Lake Erie. In 2015, the WQB LIWG undertook a project to assess the state of watershed management plans for nutrient management in the Lake Erie basin, including the identification of key success factors that could be used to achieve nutrient load reduction targets and thereby restore and protect Lake Erie. Their report was publicly released in September 2016.

In February of this year the WQB LIWG hosted a binational workshop that brought together experts working in the field of watershed management planning and implementation.  The workshop sought to build support for the findings of the WQB report, including key factors critical to the successful development and implementation of watershed management plans for nutrient management; and to identify recommendations on how to better coordinate watershed planning with the various efforts being undertaken in the Lake Erie basin.

The LIWG invites you to participate in a webinar on Watershed Management of Nutrients in Lake Erie to obtain your insights on some of the key outcomes that arose from the workshop, such as:

  • Do we have the necessary management structures and watershed organizations in place to coordinate and implement watershed management plans? 
  • How can we ensure there is sustained funding to create and implement watershed management plans to control nutrients?
  • What are the best mechanisms for collecting and communicating information about nutrients in Lake Erie watersheds among the watershed community?

Your input will be considered in the development of a WQB report, which will be provided to the Commission for their consideration in forwarding advice and recommendations to the governments of Canada and the United States.

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