Addressing Harmful Algae Blooms HABs Policy Responses: Chesapeake Bay Compared to Lake Erie Western Basin

Authors: Eric Kostecky*,
Topics: Environment, Planning Geography, Water Resources and Hydrology
Keywords: water quality, policy, Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay
Session Type: Lightning Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
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The Chesapeake Bay has had a history of Harmful Algae Blooms HABs. Recent metrics used for measuring the bay’s ecologic health report that a resurgence is underway. The Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) has also been plagued with the occurrence of HABs. However, attention, and restorations efforts have more recently been underway. This report examines the commonalities and differences of the two watersheds for topics in the Chesapeake Bay that may aid in progress for the restoration of the WLEB. The Chesapeake Bay is over eight times the size of the WLEB, encompasses multiple jurisdictions and has a growing population that eclipses the WLEB that lies majorly in Ohio. Moreover, the two watersheds share low retention times and have similar land uses. This report acknowledges the differences of resolving issues in a Multi jurisdiction versus an intra-state watershed. The research is informed by an analysis of multiple policies, governing actions, and conversations with field experts. WLEB has similar state documents and plans that are poised toward comparable results to those of the Chesapeake Bay. However, the related actions taken for the WLEB are modest in their measure and reach. This report resolves in a suggestion of further actions.

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