Lake Erie Needs:

  • Accountability, measurement and reporting for the dollars spent to reduce algae including the amount of phosphorous – both total and dissolved, and nitrogen for each project.
  • Reduction targets and selected Best Management Practices to achieve the 40% phosphorous reduction in the US and Canada.
  • Reduced manure soil phosphorous to amounts allowed in commercial fertilizer – ie., the crop need/agronomic rate instead of almost four times as much or more, as is currently allowed.
  • To have the Clean Water Act followed which includes a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation plan using the USEPA nine step watershed management process.
  • Funding to construct the Asian Carp barriers to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes.
  • To ask candidates and elected officials to support funding and policies for nutrient reductions for Lake Erie as outlined by the scientist’s white paper entitled: Summary of Findings and Strategies to Move Toward a 40% Phosphorus Reduction.
  • To request USEPA to adopt standards for recreational contact and drinking water standards for the toxin Microcystin, and PFAS.
  • To request funding for technology for manure distribution and other reductions of phosphorous and nitrogen to Lake Erie.
  • Continued education and outreach to inform the public/organizations about Lake Erie’s waters and fish.
  • Collaboration with all organizations helping Lake Erie.
  • To oppose wind turbines in Lake Erie and all of the Great Lakes without more knowledge and standards.

How We Save Lake Erie

Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) and its members, over 500 strong, are the strongest and most effective voices that exist for protecting and restoring Lake Erie and its rivers and streams. We work at local, state and federal levels for effective laws and regulations that will reduce pollution, restore vital natural systems like coastal wetlands, and encourage smart growth in our communities.

LEF acts as a watchdog to elevate good practices for healing our waterways, while being vigilant about projects that could degrade water quality. LEF often submit comments to governing bodies regarding agricultural practices, nutrient reduction strategies, fisheries management, wastewater management issues, and more. LEF is a well-respected resource on environmental issues that impact Lake Erie, its rivers, and streams.

Contact Your Elected Official

It is so important that elected officials representing the Lake Erie watershed hear from you on an ongoing basis about the importance of protecting and restoring Lake Erie. The more we talk with local, state and federal officials to emphasize the importance of the lake, the better Lake Erie will be served. For information about establishing an ongoing dialogue with our public officials, please call or email us at (419) 301-3743 or info@lakeeriefoundation.org

LEF acts as a watchdog to elevate good practices for healing our waterways, while being vigilant about projects that could degrade water quality. LEF often submits comments to governing bodies regarding agricultural practices, nutrient reduction strategies, fisheries management, wastewater management issues, and more. LEF is a well-respected resource on environmental issues that impact Lake Erie, its rivers, and streams.

Locate your Senators and Representative

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500

How We Advocate

Lake Erie Advocacy

Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) coordinates multiple conferences every year. The Lake Erie Forum is held every December at the Catawba Island Club. We plan to hold an additional conference every fall in the central basin.

LEF engages the public to protect and restore Lake Erie and its many tributaries by participating in and coordinating public meetings and conferences, hosting informational displays at various events, coordinating water quality testing activities, and completing a variety of additional outreach activities.

But our work doesn’t stop there. We also:

  • Support local restoration efforts spearheaded by community organizations throughout the watershed.
  • Work with the agricultural communities by supporting farmers to target funding and implement conservation practices that will dramatically reduce pollution running off their land.
  • Participate as a member of the Healing Our Waters Coalition to work on advocacy and funding for the Great Lakes.

Report a Concern

Lake Erie and its watersheds need our careful vigilance. If you see a spill, release or other environmental threat, immediately call Ohio EPA at (800) 282-9378, Michigan 800-292-4706, Indiana 800-292-4706. Please also share the information with the foundation by emailing mmlavelle@lakeeriefoundation.org.