Great Lakes Commission convenes binational advisors to help track progress in Lake Erie

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has introduced an advisory group for Blue Accounting’s ErieStat, a website designed to track progress toward the binational goal of reducing phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 percent. The advisors met for the first time on Monday, November 12 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Since the launch of ErieStat in 2016, it has been guided by representatives of the Great Lakes states and provinces, the U.S. and Canadian federal governments and research institutions. The new Content Advisory Group allows other organizations with valuable perspectives to bring insights to ErieStat.

“ErieStat’s new advisory group opens the conversation to a broader array of stakeholders that have key information to help us track how our investments of time and money are impacting Lake Erie,” said John Linc Stine, Chair of the GLC and Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. “We are grateful to all the participants in this new group for helping us deliver critical information, meet the needs of our partners and improve the health of Lake Erie.”

In June 2018, ErieStat began presenting water quality data for select river systems that drain to Lake Erie, supporting the U.S. and Canada in achieving goals set forth in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, as well as the GLC’s member states and provinces as they track progress toward phosphorus reduction targets. In 2019, ErieStat will begin tracking investments to reduce phosphorous pollution.

GLC Program Manager Nicole Zacharda leads the ErieStat effort.

“Having passionate advocates for Lake Erie sit down together to discuss their unique information needs inspired our team to keep pushing to improve the website,” Zacharda said. “The experiences and information shared by charter boat captains, farmers, local governments, academics and environmental advocates will shape the future of ErieStat.”

“ErieStat has enormous potential as a tool to help state and provincial legislators evaluate the effectiveness of their governments’ efforts to reduce nutrient pollution in the Great Lakes and their tributaries,” said Content Advisory Group member Lisa Janairo, joining on behalf of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus. “Collaborating with the Great Lakes Commission, The Nature Conservancy and other organizations on ErieStat is an excellent opportunity and a natural fit for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus.”

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