Improving water quality to address the harmful and nuisance algal blooms that will continue to plague the western Lake Erie basin will require practical solutions deployed at the right scale and the right locations. The Nature Conservancy is working with leaders in agriculture, industry, government and universities to implement solutions: promoting field-level conservation practices, investing in improved water management and helping restore critical floodplains and wetlands. These innovative partnerships are utilizing new technologies, information systems and non-traditional funding sources that collectively have the potential to deliver conservation at the scale needed to provide safe clean water for the communities of the western Lake Erie basin and beyond.
Watch our special half-hour show co-produced by Detroit Public Television and The Nature Conservancy, “Great Lakes Now Connect: The Algae Crisis.”
Learn more about how The Nature Conservancy and partners are collaborating to provide clean water solutions at scale for the agriculturally intensive watersheds of the Great Lakes.
The Nature Conservancy is working with agriculture, business, government and citizens in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio to revive the health of the Western Lake Erie Basin by facing concerns brought on by phosphorus and soil run-off, loss and alteration of coastal wetlands and invasive species.
Using the 4Rs helps achieve sustainable plant nutrition management while also considering water quality. By becoming 4R certified, agriculture commits to improving our water quality and doing their part for the environment, while producing crops we need.
Wide-scale implementation of the two-stage ditch can be part of a viable long-term solution to benefit local and state-wide water quality. Photos and videos explain how and why this design works.
An innovative construction project repairs remaining coastal wetlands, reconnecting Erie Marsh after six decades being separated from the Great Lakes.
We are engaging conservation, business and community interests from the US and Canada along a 150-mile stretch of Lake Erie coast to map places in which conservation efforts could optimize benefits for people and nature.
Ohio Chapter State Director Josh Knights explains in the Cleveland Plain Dealer how every landowner, farmer and business can help to keep nutrients on their land and out of the streams that lead ultimately to Lake Erie.