About

Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2016 to sustain and protect the waters of Lake Erie now and in the future. Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) is Lake Erie’s advocate for economic sustainability, legal defense, education, outreach and innovative sustainable technology.

LEF was recently awarded the 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar!

We invite interested citizens, property owners, anglers, boaters and businesses to join our mission. While work is underway among various agencies and organizations to restore and protect our lake, LEF is the only organization whose sole mission is to ensure a healthy Lake Erie. LEF targets membership and support from those who live, visit and do business in the Lake Erie watershed. We collaborate with other Great Lakes nonprofits to address the many challenges we share.

A major goal of LEF is to implement The Lake Erie Plan. This is an integrated, inspirational and comprehensive campaign to educate, empower, encourage, and hold accountable, federal, state and local government officials, producers, and other involved stakeholders to implement the 40% nutrient reduction goals for Lake Erie. This campaign is a high priority for LEF through at least 2025.

Each year, Lake Erie Foundation posts a list of our Activities and Accomplishments Report. Check it out and JOIN US in this effort!

Mission:

The Lake Erie Foundation’s mission is to create and maintain a healthy Lake Erie now and forever.

Vision:

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. When Lake Erie is healthy, it is a highly productive habitat for fish and wildlife.

Background:

A healthy Lake Erie is measured by established federal, provincial and state water quality standards. Lake Erie’s western basin has problems with harmful algal blooms and the central basin frequently has a large “dead zone” (area of low oxygen level). We are committed to focusing attention and advocating for the resources necessary to address these problems, assessing water quality at public drinking water intakes, and working toward eliminating beach advisories for harmful algae and bacteria. As part of our efforts, 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. LEF will closely monitor water quality reports for Lake Erie’s eastern basin and watersheds as well.

LEF Board Members

Lee Alexakos

Secretary
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

About Lee

Larry Fletcher

Member at Large
Lake Erie Shores & Islands

About Larry

Ken Alvey

Lake Erie Marine Trades Association

About Ken

Matt Fisher

 Vice President

About Matt

Rick Graham

About Rick

John Lipaj

True North Financial & Investment Planning

About John

Bill Myers

Lucas County Farm Bureau

About Bill

Al Nickles

About Al

Leonard Partin

Real Estate Broker & Auctioneer

About Leonard

Dave Spangler

Lake Erie Waterkeeper Inc

About Dave

Jamie Steinemann

About Jamie

James Stouffer, Jr

President
Catawba Cleveland Development Corp

About Jim

Ron Wyss

Treasurer

About Ron

LEF Board Advisors

Dr. Tim Davis

Bowling Green State University

About Dr. Davis

John Hull

Hull & Associates, Inc.

About John

Peter Huston

Past President of the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau and Co-chairman of LESI Marketing Committee

About Peter

Keleen McDevitt-Hanway 

About Keleen

LEF Staff

Mary Margaret Lavelle

Executive Director

About Mary Margaret

Business Sponsors

True North Wealth Management

Guardian of Lake Erie

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