This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health in Western Lake Erie and it's watershed using data from 2018. This is the first report card on the ecological health of Western Lake Erie. It is a product of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science funded by the City of Toledo, Ohio; Lucas County, Ohio; and the City of Oregon, Ohio through the Lake Erie Foundation. Three categories of indicators were assessed for the watershed: water quality, biology, and toxics; and for Western Lake Erie: water quality, fish, and algal blooms. Within these categories, each indicator was evaluated by comparing data to scientific thresholds or goals. The indicators are combined into two health scores, one score for the lake basin, and one for the watershed. The overall score for Western Lake Erie lake basin was a C+. The overall score for Western Lake Erie watershed was a C.
This technical document summarizes the methodology for the 1st Western Lake Erie Report Card.
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