Western Lake Erie Basin
Located in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) covers over 8 million acres. The economies of all three states depend upon a healthy Basin.
For example, sport fishing generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue annually. Agricultural production, nearly 80 percent of the land base, is extremely important to the three states as well.
Farming and recreation, in addition to bird watching, industry and many other activities, rely on healthy rivers and high-quality water. And while people depend upon the Basin, so too, do a many plant and animal species. The Basin is home to the Copperbelly Water Snake, Blanding’s Turtle and several federally endangered mussels. Allowing the Basin to be degraded with no regard to the natural resources and ultimately no regard to the future of the health of the population would be catastrophic.