Domestic Action Plans contain the overarching strategies (often referred to as activities or tactics) for meeting the 40% phosphorus reduction goal for the western and central Lake Erie basins. Domestic Action Plans arose from commitments made by the U.S. and Canada under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

The ErieStat team is working with our partners in the federal, provincial, and state governments to allow users to search for Domestic Action Plan content that will be tracked by ErieStat as a unique strategy and corresponding investment. Content is being added over time; check back often or follow @BlueAccounting on Twitter for updates.

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WLEB Initiative

The Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) Initiative is a coordinated strategy, led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), using funding from multiple Farm Bill programs and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to double the number of acres under conservation in the WLEB.

Enhanced state watershed monitoring program

For an in-depth look at Lake Erie watersheds, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) partnered with several state agencies (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) to track changes in nutrient and sediment loads, including spring loads of dissolved phosphorus.

Phosphorus-optimal wetlands

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is working in collaboration with other Great Lakes stakeholders interested in using wetlands for phosphorus reduction, including The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, academic institutions, and other federal agencies. Research and an engineering evaluation will inform decision-making about the potential for treatment wetlands to be a significant part of controlling phosphorus from agricultural runoff in the Great Lakes.

Linking Soil Health Assessment to Edge of Field Water Quality in the Great Lakes Basin

This is a partnership among USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Department of Natural & Applied Sciences, Purdue University's Department of Agronomy, and the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science Centers in New York and Wisconsin. The partners will conduct soil health assessments in conjunction with edge-of-field (EoF) water quality monitoring projects established in the GLRI Priority Watersheds.

Placement of agricultural BMPs in targeted watersheds

Using edge-of-field research from the Ohio State University (OSU), the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will collaborate with USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) to identify a suite of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) to be promoted across the basin.

Ohio Lake Erie CREP

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) set a goal in 2004 to voluntarily establish 67,000 acres of filter strips, riparian buffers, hardwood tree plantings, wildlife habitat, and field windbreaks.