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. Mertz has long been involved in outdoors-related government, was assistant attorney general under DeWine and chief of staff while he was Lieutenant Governor. After her appointment as director of the ODNR, Mertz said she had Lake Erie’s issues at the top of her list of concerns.
- 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:
- 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).
- The Lake Erie Foundation Board Meeting was held at the Catawba Island Boat Show April 27 – 29.
- The IJC Board Meeting was held on April 24-26 DC.
- The Waterkeeper Annual Lake Erie 2018 Conference sponsored by the Lake Erie Foundation was held Fri, April 13, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT at the W.W. Knight Preserve on 29530 White Rd. in Perrysburg, Oh 43551. There were 60 in attendance.
- 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