Past Events

  • The Lake Erie Foundation participated in the Sandusky Pride Celebration. The event was held from June 20 thru 23. 

  • Join Us at an Event!  A wide variety of Cuyahoga50 community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences are being held throughout 2019.
  • The Cleveland Raceweek was held June 14-23, 2019.  Cleveland Race Week (CRW) is the largest sailing regatta on Lake Erie and has become one of the largest in the country. The annual event, now celebrating its 39th year, attracts over 300 boats from across the U.S., Canada and internationally.
  • Members of the Lake Erie Foundation and other Lake Erie enthusiasts met with Senator Sherrod Brown at Green Cove on 06-14-19 to discuss lake assets and challenges.

  • The Lake Erie Foundation participated in this year’s Put-In-Bay’s Music Fest!  See below.

  • The Biggest Week in American Birding is a 10-day festival in northwest Ohio, “The Warbler Capital of the World!” Immerse yourself in spring songbird migration and experience some of the best birding North America has to offer. The festival has something to offer beginner and seasoned birders alike, with bird identification workshops, guided birding trips, birding by canoe, daily walks at the world famous Magee Marsh, American Woodcock field trips, keynote presentations, a Birder’s Marketplace, and evening socials with free food and music. Come for a few days or stay for the whole 10-day celebrationVisit LEF’s table at the Maumee Bay State Park in the entrance of the main lodge!
  • The International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) hosted a session entitled “Session 5: Microplastics in the environment: source, fate, impact, detection, and mitigation” at the June 10-14, 2019 conference.
  • Cleveland hosted the fifth Great Lakes Economic Forum from May 6-8.  Cleveland and Ohio have long recognized the value of inter-state partnerships and cross collaboration with Canada. The Forum’s theme, From Partnership Flows Sustainable Prosperity, signifies that in today’s global economy, the two countries, along with regional governments, industry and academia, must work together like never before to create a stronger and more dynamic culture of collaboration in building the most prosperous, innovative, sustainable, and welcoming cross-border region in the world.
  • The Great Lakes Conference has been rescheduled for May 8-9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.  HOW Coalition staff would like to thank you all for your patience as we work through the logistics involved in postponing last month’s conference.  We will be working to re-confirm as many of our original presentations, speakers, and field trips as we can in order to bring you the informative and exciting conference we originally planned. We can’t wait to see you in Detroit in May! Thanks, the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition Team 
  • Breakfast forum — Farming Practices to Improve Water Quality.  Stephanie Singer, outreach specialist, The Nature Conservancy, highlighted in-field, edge-of-field, and in-stream practices that can increase the sustainability of farming and improve water quality, at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 8 – 9:30 a.m.  The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF). Singer will also discuss strategies to reach the 40 percent phosphorus reduction goal, agriculture best management practices, and partnerships with the conservancy.Click here to register!
  • 2019 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting: 2019 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting, was held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan!
  • Progressive Catawba Island Boat and Yacht Show: (April 26-28, 2019) Port Clinton, Ohio – Catawba Island Club.  LEF Advisor, Keleen McDevitt-Hanway working the 2019 CIC Boat Show.
  • Adopt-A-Beach Kick Off: By joining Adopt-a-Beach, you can make beaches even more beautiful!  Join people all over the lakes to clean up local beaches for Adopt-a-Beach Spring Kick-Off April 13th-29th.  Last year, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers picked up more than 35,000 lbs. of litter from Great Lakes shorelines, and we’re back at it this year.  Join today —  sign up for a cleanup near you.
  • Charity Wine Walk – Downtown Sandusky: Check out the afternoon of tastings with our downtown merchants for a good cause…Lake Erie!   See HERE for LEF display table.  Wine walk organizer Nikki Lloyd with LEF member Rick Graham toasting Lake Erie.
  • Dir. Mary Mertz, head of Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) headlined the 4th annual LES&I State of Tourism.  Jim Stouffer, President of the Lake Erie Foundation and CEO of the CIC hosted the event on 04-04-19.  Director MetzShe share her perspective on the importance of her role in the Gov. Mike DeWine administration and her love of Lake Erie.
  • The Lake Erie Foundation held their Annual Meeting on Monday, January 28 at Drackett Hall in Lakeside, OH.
  • The Cleveland Boat Show just concluded, and the Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) was there promoting our great lake.  More than 500,000 families in Ohio own boats and many of them braved the wintry weather to see the latest in boat designs and other related recreational offerings.  See LEF’s booth below:

LEF President Jim Stouffer

LEF Board Member Rick Graham

LEF Promotes “Skip The Straw” Campaign

  • The Lake Erie Foundation Summer Roundtable last met August 3.  Discussions involved Lake Erie algae, reducing manure as an algae nutrient source and the proposed wind turbine project off the Cleveland shores in Lake Erie.
  • The Lake Erie Foundation participated in the Festival of Sails in Sandusky on July 12-15.
  • The Toledo Lighthouse Festival was held at Maumee Bay State Park on Saturday (07-07-18) and Sunday (07-08-18).  Great attendance and fun for all.  Can’t wait till next year!
  • The USEPA hosted a meeting on Great Lakes planning and initiatives on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 pm at the University of Toledo Law School.
  • Lake Erie Foundation Summer Roundtables at Marblehead Library (235 Pleasant St in Marblehead, OH 01945) was held on Friday, June 15.  Guest speaker was Dr. Herdondorf who is the retired director of Ohio Sea Grant.  He talked about the high water levels, the Lake Erie shoreline and projects to protect the shoreline that do and do not work.  There will also be a round table discussion about Lake Erie that followed.
  • The Lake Erie Commission met at Geneva on the Lake on June 29 at the Lodge. (4888 N. Broadway)
  • The Great Lakes Executive Meeting was held in Chicago on June 2018.
  • The Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) Board held its bimonthly meeting on May 5th. in Lakewood, Ohio.  (See pictures below).

  • A team of ten from the Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) went to Washington DC for Great Lakes Lobby Days.  They attended events and had meetings with congressional offices etc. advocating for accountability for dollars spent to reduce algae and for rules for soil phosphorous to be the same for manure(now about 4x greater) as they are for commercial fertilizer.  LEF also asked for funding for manure reuse/treatment technology including help with Asian Carp, Invasives and GLRI and other funding
  • The Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) Board held its Retreat on Wednesday, February 21st. 2018 at the Cataba Island Club   LEF’s mission is to create and maintain a healthy Lake Erie now and forever as defined by drinkable water, recreational contact and edible fish.

  • Annual Meeting: The Lake Erie Foundation held its annual meeting at Sandusky Yacht Club on Wednesday, January 31 at 4:30 followed by dinner and guest speakers Sandusky City Manager Eric Wobser and Public Works Director Aaron Kline.  There were more than 30 people in attendance.
  • Legislative Forum: The Lake Erie Foundation sponsored a legislative forum at Lakeside, Ohio on Monday, December 11, 2017.  Jeff Reutter began the program with an update on Lake Erie algae followed by a summary of the Lake Erie Foundations efforts for Lake Erie.  A Lake Erie panel discussion followed with Q & A for legislators and other participants.  The presentation was based largely on a recent “White Paper*” entitled Summary of Findings and Strategies to Move Toward a 40% Phosphorus Reduction White Paper Strategies – Summary outlining the challenges Lake Erie is experiencing.  The paper also offers recommendations of viable solutions to ensure a healthy lake environment.  To view the accompanying PowerPoint presentation given by Dr. Reutter click here White Paper Strategies – Reutter.

* By Kristen Fussell, Gail Hesse, Laura Johnson, Kevin King, Greg LaBarge, Jay Martin, Jeffrey Reutter, Robyn Wilson, and Christopher Winslow, September 2017