Black River AOC

Upcoming 2015 Meetings

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Carlisle Room, Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, OH 44050


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Invasive Vegetation Control Training

Posted on: November 19, 2015

An invasive vegetation control training will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 and Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Transportation and Community Center, 40 East Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035. Attendees select the date that works best with their schedule. Techniques to identify, control, and prevent the spread of invasive species in Lorain County will be discussed. There is no cost to attend, but you must RSVP to Duane Cribley at or 440-284-3203. More information is available on the flyer.

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Black River Highlighted in Ohio Outdoor News

Posted on: August 24, 2015

Ohio Outdoor News featured the Black River in two articles this summer. The first article was printed in June 2015 and highlighted the great restoration work that has taken place over the past few years. It touted the river as being on the "comeback trail." The second article, printed in July 2015, compared one writer's experiences on the Black River 60 years ago as a child and now as an adult after the restoration projects. View the articles below. 

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Progress in Great Lakes Areas of Concern

Posted on: July 15, 2015

The following announcement is taken from an email sent by Matt Doss, Policy Director with the Great Lakes Commission. 

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Approval Received to Re-designate the Black River AOC

Posted on: July 9, 2015

Ohio EPA and the Black River AOC Advisory Committee reviewed environmental data of the upper Black River watersheds and decided that the East and West Branch sub-watersheds do not significantly differ in either land use or primary causes of non-attainment than similar agricultural non-AOC watersheds around the Great Lakes. Ohio EPA and the Advisory Committee have received notice from the Great Lakes National Program Office of U.S. EPA that the upper watersheds should no longer be included in the Black River Area of Concern (AOC) and that the AOC will now encompass only the near Lake Erie shoreline, the outer harbor, Black River mainstem and the French Creek sub-basin. Some environmental problems may still exist in the upper basins, but the problems are similar to those around the Great Lakes and not the “worst of the worst,” which are what the Great Lakes AOC program was designed to address.

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