Lake Erie is a precious resource for Ohioans. It provides us with a seemingly endless supply of our most fundamental need – water.
The waters of Lake Erie have drawn people to Ohio as a recreational retreat, source of drinking water, mode of transit and shipping, and basis of livelihood. The State of Ohio and local entities have developed strategic plans for the recovery of Lake Erie and its tributaries, including local waterfront plans, Watershed Action Plans, Watershed Balanced Growth Plans, habitat and species recovery plans, the Lake Erie LaMP, Remedial Action Plans, and the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan. These plans collectively describe the path for the recovery of Lake Erie.
Beacon of Recovery
Lake Erie has been a model of ecosystem recovery. With a share in over $1 billion in basin-wide Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding, Ohio can continue to participate in the restoration of Lake Erie. Ohio’s GLRI funded projects will remove barriers to fish spawning areas, restore beneficial uses in Ohio’s 4 Areas of Concern, reduce harmful algal blooms, make beaches safer, protect critical habitats, reduce contamination from traditional non-point sources, address emerging contaminants of concern, and track measureable goals through some of the country's best monitoring programs.
With the help of GLRI funding, the balance between use and preservation of Lake Erie’s coastal resources will be achieved. The Brookings Institution has estimated that implementing the Great Lakes restoration strategy in full will generate $50 billion in long-term benefits, creating jobs, revitalizing our regional economy and improving our quality of life.
Citizens, communities, watershed groups, universities, and many other organizations across Ohio's Lake Erie watershed can take part in the restoration of our Great Lake! Whether you want to apply for funding, volunteer to help in your community, or just learn about the work others are doing, there are many ways to get involved.