The Lake Erie Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2016 to sustain and protect the waters of Lake Erie. The Lake Erie Foundation is the result of the combining of two organizations, the Lake Erie Waterkeeper and Lake Erie Improvement Association, that advocated for Lake Erie protection and improvements for many years. Leaders of these pioneering organizations recognized that a combined long term sustainable effort would be more effective in protecting the entire lake. Our mission is to “create and maintain a healthy Lake Erie now and forever as defined by drinkable water, recreational contact and edible fish.” Please join us in this effort!
The Lake Erie Foundation mission is to create and maintain a healthy Lake Erie now and forever as defined by drinkable water, recreational contact and edible fish.
When Lake Erie is healthy, it is highly productive habitat for fish and wildlife. A healthy Lake Erie is measured by established federal, provincial and state water quality standards. The result of having a healthy lake will be water free of impacts from harmful algae and contaminants with minimized impacts from invasive species. Sustainable practices on land and in water will help restore Lake Erie and provide resilience to its ecosystem, providing a valuable resource for drinking, recreational activities, lake-related businesses, and aquatic and terrestrial life.
Lake Erie’s western basin has problems with harmful algal blooms and the central basin frequently has a large dead zone. We are committed to focus attention and advocate for the resources necessary to address these problems, assess water quality at public drinking water intakes, and to work toward eliminating beach advisories for harmful algae and bacteria. As part of our efforts, the Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) advocates that Clean Water Act provisions apply to both the western and central Lake Erie basins. Our goal is to ensure a 40% total phosphorus reduction in nutrients in both basins with full implementation of the Clean Water Act by 2025. The LEF will closely monitor water quality reports for Lake Erie’s eastern basin and watersheds as well.