Tell Gov. Whitmer to Catch up to Ohio and Protect Lake Erie

Lake Erie

Every summer, Lake Erie is contaminated by harmful and toxic algal blooms, which threaten people’s access to clean water, close beaches and put recreational tourism, jobs and businesses in our region at risk. Ohio is outpacing Michigan when it comes to putting practices and programs in place to tackle this problem—and it’s time for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to step up.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has committed to establishing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the western basin of Lake Erie and Ohio has instituted a ban on fertilizer and manure application to frozen, snow-covered or saturated ground, limiting nutrient runoff that causes harmful algal blooms. Last year, Gov. Whitmer pledged a 20 percent reduction in nutrient pollution by 2020, and a 40 percent reduction by 2025, but so far, she has not put the necessary programs and policies in place to fulfill this commitment.

Ask Gov. Whitmer to fulfill her commitment of reducing nutrient pollution by 20 percent in 2020 in order to protect and restore Lake Erie.

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