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Priority Area: Western Lake Erie
Western Lake Erie, including the Lower Maumee River watershed and its coastal zone.
PROBLEMS: Historic and ongoing pollution from urban and rural areas have caused 10 beneficial use impairments in the Maumee River, including eutrophication, harmful and noxious algae blooms, taste and odor problems in drinking water and restrictions on fish consumption; zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species are hurting fish populations; and the loss of more than 90 percent of coastal wetlands has eliminated significant habitat for fish and wildlife.
RESTORATION OPPORTUNITIES: Because the Maumee River and western Lake Erie are important sources of nutrients for the entire lake, reducing excessive nutrient loadings here will have broader benefits; reducing phosphorous runoff from farms could reduce harmful and noxious algae blooms; and restoring wetlands will create habitat for fish and wildlife.