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Water Quality Council - Introductory Meeting
The Water Quality Council and leadership of its five committees met for the first time Wednesday, November 4.

TMACOG members have been working diligently to form a new water-focused structure. This meeting was an opportunity to move ahead with actions to ensure continued safe clean water supply from Lake Erie. The five committees of the Water Quality Council are:

• Public Water Supply
• Stormwater Coalition
• Wastewater
• Watersheds
• Regional Water Planning

Keynote speakers represented Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Karl Gebhart, deputy director for water resources for the Ohio EPA, said that cooperation – among jurisdictions, states, and countries – is key to the successful management of water quality. He strongly encouraged the attendees to focus on watershed-level actions. He said that the EPA is directing its efforts at rivers that drain into the lake. River waters that are free of sediment, excess nutrients, and other chemicals will pay off in safe drinking water from Lake Erie.

To join any committee, contact Kurt Erichsen, TMACOG vice president of Water Quality, at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

More than 130 people attended the inaugural meeting of the Water Quality Council.


Phil Argiroff of the Michigan DEQ talked about agreements with Ohio
and the Canadian Province of Ontario to reduce the amount of phosphorus
entering Lake Erie by 40 percent

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