The Chesapeake Bay and its history of environmental challenges are similar to those found in the Lake Erie Region. It provides a valuable model to evaluate potential solutions ultimately leading to the implementation of remediation efforts here locally. See below.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation began in 1967. They are one of many large water body foundations that advocates for the waters they represent with a key focus on algae reduction. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation approach relates to Lake Erie because they have been successful in having a USEPA led an accountable nutrient reduction approach with a periodic report card to the public. These nutrient reduction efforts are still underway, but they are realizing successes. The oyster business in Chesapeake Bay was gone for over a decade, but in recent years is recovering because of water quality improvements.