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Lake Erie Adaptive Management Plan Meeting Canceled
Ohio Ag Connection - 05/20/2020

In accordance with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' recommendations designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, a public information meeting in June to discuss the draft Adaptive Management Plan for reducing algal blooms in western Lake Erie has been canceled.

The Michigan departments of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; Agriculture and Rural Development; and Natural Resources urge interested parties to submit comments on the plan before the comment period ends June 19.

The Adaptive Management Plan -- a companion document to the 2018 Michigan Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan -- describes the status of water quality in Michigan's portion of the Lake Erie Basin. The plan also includes a list of planning and implementation actions the state will take to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the lake by 40 percent by 2025.

Comments on the draft Adaptive Management Plan will be accepted in the following ways:

- Email to EGLE-LakeErieDAP@Michigan.gov.

- Postal mail to Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Water Resources Division, Attn: Lake Erie AM DAP, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, MI 48909.

To request a printed copy of the draft Adaptive Management Plan, call Kimberly Passick at 517-284-5053 or email her at PassickK@Michigan.gov.

The public informational session was canceled in accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's MI Safe Start plan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

For additional information about either the Domestic Action Plan or the Adaptive Management Plan, visit Michigan.gov/LakeErieDAP.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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