Lorain County Soil and Water District to Facilitate Black River Area of Concern Advisory Committee
Lorain County Soil and Water District has taken on the important role of facilitating the Black River Area of Concern Advisory Committee. With a proven commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement, the District is poised to continue leading the collaborative efforts in restoring and preserving the ecological health of the Black River watershed.

Black River Summit
The third Black River Summit was a success!! We now have the entire summit with presentations on our YouTube channel. ** CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SUMMIT ONLINE **

Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) Status
The EPA has some really great information on the BUI's, and on the Black River. You can even find about the other AOC's on the Great Lakes.

BUI Removal in Lorain Reaches Great Lakes Milestone
Black River's Degradation of Aesthetics removal was the 100th BUI removed from all 5 Great Lakes AOC's.

BUI 11: Degradation of Aesthetics Removed
On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed the degradation of aesthetics beneficial use impairment from the Black River AOC that was caused by environmental issues dating back decades. This beneficial use impairment is the third BUI to be removed from the initial nine BUIs for the Black River Area of Concern. The restoration criteria for this BUI included no observed ongoing occurrences of sludge deposits, oil sheens, scum, or other objectionable materials. This BUI removal marks the 100th Beneficial Use Impairment removal from a U.S. Area of Concern (AOC). Being a part of a historic milestone, restoring the Great Lakes, is a great start to 2021!

New Youtube Channel
We have just started a Youtube channel that will feature past documentaries on the Black River restoration, along with short and informative videos, project information, and more. Please Click Here to visit our channel