Should the Pennsylvania Coastal Resources Management Program’s Lake Erie coastal zone boundary include all Pennsylvania water that flows into Lake Erie?
Many problems that affect water quality and quantity begin in the upper reaches of the watershed. Stormwater runoff does not recognize artificial boundaries as it picks up pollutants on agricultural and developed land and carries them downstream. This runoff contributes to poor water quality, beach closings, erosion, flooding, habitat degradation and loss of biodiversity. Shouldn’t the boundary be expanded to include all the land surfaces that drain water into storm drains and tributaries that empty into Lake Erie?