Lake Erie

It Need a Regional Agreement that Does Too?

Over the past few months, our Headwaters series has been exploring the future of the Ohio River. And many say that to transform the river’s longstanding reputation as a “working river,” we’ll need better cooperation across state lines. For years, regional, multi-state agreements have been used to regulate the use of water and coordinate water quality efforts in places like the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Great Lakes. So we asked the Ohio Environmental Council’s Kristy Meyer to paint us a picture of how that might work in the Ohio River Basin...

Ending the year on a high note for Lake Erie and residents who drink, swim, and fish her waters

In the wee hours of December 10th, among all the partisan gridlock, Congress passed monumental safeguards for Lake Erie, the Great Lakes, and the people of Ohio. Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) passed the Senate before the Senate recessed for the year, sending WIIN to the President’s desk for his signature.

Groups call on U.S. EPA to Stand Up for a Clean Lake Erie - Businesses, Environmental-Conservation Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue

Columbus, OH – Today a coalition of fishing boat captains, Lake Erie businesses, environmental and conservation advocates, and sportsmen groups are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because of the agency’s failure to abide by its obligations under the Clean Water Act. The legal action is part of an effort by groups to protect Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms, like the 2014 bloom which poisoned drinking water for more than 400,000 people.

Lake Erie reaps bounty from Congressional water legislation; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blocked from open-lake dumping

"Today is a great day for our Great Lakes," said Kristy Meyer, director of Natural Resources for the Ohio Environmental Council. "Amidst all the partisan gridlock in Congress, Republicans and Democrats came together for something we can all support -- a vibrant and healthy Lake Erie."

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