TOLEDO, OH – On December 19, 2016, a notice of intent to file a citizen suit under the Clean Water Act was sent to the United States Environmental Protection Agency by the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, Lake Erie Foundation, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, National Wildlife Federation, and the Ohio Environmental Council.
“The people living along the coast of Lake Erie, who depend on the lake for clean drinking water, the economic impact of tourism and fishing, and enjoy the recreational aspects of a clean Lake Erie, deserve action from the United States federal government.
On November 15, 2016, the Lucas County Commissioners called on United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to declare all of the Western Basin of Lake Erie as impaired due to algal blooms caused by excessive phosphorus. We stand by that action and continue our call for the USEPA to act and applaud the work of these organizations to ensure the health of Lake Erie for all residents of the Great Lakes region.
An impaired designation would be the first step in affecting non-point source pollution issues that have plagued the Western Lake Erie basin for years. The Lucas County Commissioners will continue to fight for a healthy Lake Erie. We have seen the progress that the Chesapeake Bay has made due to the USEPA declaring it impaired, we need similar action in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan,” said the Lucas County Commissioners in a joint statement.
The Board of Lucas County Commissioners has made the health of Lake Erie its highest priority. From the recommendations in Moving Forward: Legal Solutions to Lake Erie's Harmful Algal Blooms, to the basin-wide Nutrient Source Inventory, and to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio’s Water Quality Task Force, the Lucas County Commissioners will continue their tireless advocacy for the restoration of Lake Erie