Lake Erie Improvement Association’s Annual Lake Erie Forum

Posted on November 22, 2016

Lakesiders are invited to the Lake Erie Improvement Association’s Annual Lake Erie Forum from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Catawba Island Club.

Learn about current efforts to address Lake Erie’s challenges, evolving science, projects that are working and costs involved, and more. A continental breakfast is included with the $25 registration fee.

The forum will also feature information about the recently formed Lake Erie Foundation, a non-profit education and advocacy organization being formed as a partnership between Lake Erie Waterkeeper and Lake Erie Improvement Association. The foundation’s mission is to create and maintain a healthy Lake Erie now and forever as defined by drinkable water, recreational contact and edible fish.

Forum participants will also hear a new song that local singer-songwriter Pat Dailey wrote and recorded to help launch the foundation.

Full agenda:

  • Lake Erie 2016 compared to 2015: Dr. Jeff Reutter, Ohio Sea Grant
  • Lake Erie Harmful Algae Bloom Forecasting: Dr. Richard Stump, NOAA
  • Lake Erie Reduction Targets – How to Achieve: Margaret Kalcik, Ohio State University
  • Learning About Lake Erie Algae & the Toxins Produced: U.S. Geological Survey Panel
  • Introduction to Harmful Algal Blooms: Mary Ann Evans
  • Effects of HABs on Fish & Aquatic Life: Tomena Scholze,  Michigan State University
  • Lake Erie Nutrient Internal Load Issues: Ken Gibbons, Great Lakes Commission
  • Manure & Water Nationwide: Kelly Foster, Waterkeeper Alliance Attorney
  • Launch of the Lake Erie Foundation: Jim Stouffer, Jamie Steineman, Sandy Bihn
  • “Lake Erie Keepers” Song for Lake Erie by Pat Dailey

Please help support the Lake Erie Foundation as you learn more about current efforts to protect our Great Lake. Register online. For more information, visit