• 2018 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting Oct. 2-3 • Indianapolis, IN • The Conrad Hotel. this event offers an opportunity for Great Lakes stakeholders to convene with colleagues and share perspectives on important Great Lakes issues.  Register Information
  • Healing Our Waters – Detroit, Michigan, Weston October 17 & 18(reception evening of Oct. 16). Click here for the agenda.



  • 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.
  • There was continuous entertainment, music, steel drums, Jimmy Buffet- style music, magician, Great Lakes ballads included at the free concert.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