Caring for Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, is important. Lakeside provides many ways to learn about this precious natural resource.Throughout the summer, we invite you to get involved by attending a lecture to hear the latest research about the health of Lake Erie and the Great Lakes.

Lake Erie & the Great Lakes

During Week 4, the Chautauqua Lecture Series will highlight Lake Erie & the Great Lakes. Individuals will learn about the state of Lake Erie and the research and actions happening currently. 

Wednesday, July 12
  • 11 a.m. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes Dan Egan, Author, Great Lakes Reporter for the Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel (lecture held in Hoover Auditorium)
  • 1:30 p.m. Lake Erie Research Initiative Kristen DeVanna Fussell, PhD, Research Development & Grants Manager, Ohio Sea Grant College Program & Stone Laboratory
Thursday, July 13
  • 10:30 a.m. Response to the Argo Shipwreck Commander Anthony Migliorini, U.S. Coast Guard Marine
  • 2 p.m. 2017 Seasonal Forecast of Harmful Algal Blooms for Lake Erie Webinar presented by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The Lake Erie Foundation

The Lake Erie Foundation is dedicated to protecting and preserving our most valuable freshwater resource — Lake Erie. They work to promote Lake Erie advocacy, legal work, education and outreach programs. Restoration will continue to thrive with the many dedicated groups doing great work in the Lake Erie watershed.

For more information on LEF, and for information about encouraging your legistlation to protect Lake Erie, please see this Lake Erie Foundation Fact Sheet.

The Lake Erie Foundation is combining Lake Erie advocacy provided by the Lake Erie Improvement Association (LEIA) and Lake Erie Waterkeeper (LEW) into a long term sustainable organization that will serve Lake Erie’s waters for decades to come. The transition from LEIA and LEW is underway. For information on the foundation contact or Jamie Steineman at or visit their website at

"All Hands on Deck"

Lakeside Chautauqua is taking a stand to protect the health of Lake Erie and participating in an international event to raise awareness about the health of the Great Lakes. 

In collaboration with the Lake Erie Foundation (LEF), Lakeside Chautauqua will participate in the "All Hands on Deck" event at 9 a.m. Monday, July 3 at the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo.

"All Hands on Deck" is a day where people all along the shore of the Great Lakes will be linking hands to raise awareness of the need to protect the lakes. Events will be held in all six states and Canada.

Lakeside wants to assemble more than 1,000 people along Ohio's Most Beautiful Mile. All generations are invited to participate and are encouraged to wear blue or green shirts. 

The free and open event will begin at the gazebo with a presentation about what you can do to save our Great Lakes, and then individuals will hold hands along the entire shoreline. Boaters are encouraged to participate by lining along the shore.


Dan Egan

11 a.m. Wednesday, July 12

Award-winning journalist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dan Egan, will be speaking on his new book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.

Admission is free to attend this lecture in Hoover Auditorium. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Lake Erie Foundation, Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society and Lakeside Chautauqua.

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