Protecting Lake Erie: A Shared Obligation

The major Pennsylvania Lake Erie subwatersheds, which are named for the streams that empty into the lake, are indicated on this map in different colors. The white areas along the shoreline drain directly into Lake Erie. On the west side of Erie, Turkey Creek, Conneaut Creek and Ashtabula Creek cross into Ohio before emptying into Lake Erie. Twenty Mile Creek, the easternmost subwatershed in Erie County, begins  in New York Sate before crossing into Pennsylvania.

Sixmile Creek

Impact on water resources should be the bottom line for everything we do.

Water is affected by industrial and personal wastes, pesticide/herbicide use, farming methods, forest management, oil and gas exploration, mining practices, urban development, energy production and stormwater runoff. So it’s up to us to ensure we don’t destroy water in the process.

Size Wise Approach

Pollution even in a small stream or wetland can have disastrous consequences for people and wildlife.

It can migrate into the interconnected network of wetlands, streams, rivers, lakes, groundwater and the ocean. This migration not only destroys habitat but it also pollutes drinking water.

Growing Pains

Natural shorelines with a canopy of native trees and undergrowth are the foundation of a healthy lake ecosystem.

Unfortunately there are very few natural shorelines left in the Lake Erie coastal zone. Many of these areas, which drain directly into the lake rather than draining first into one of its tributaries, are this week’s watershed focus.


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