Lake Erie Waterkeeper Summary Strategic Plans / Goals
- To preserve and to improve the ecosystem in Lake Erie and its watersheds including St. Joseph’s, Tiffin, Upper Maumee, St. Mary’s, Auglaize, Blanchard, Lower Maumee, Cedar-Portage, Sandusky, Huron-Vermillion, Black-Rocky, Cuyahoga, Ashtabula- Chagrin, Grand, Central Basin North Shore Tributaries, Ottawa-Stony, and Raisin.
- To document the history of the Lake Erie including its rivers, streams, bays and aquatic life.
- To educate and create a support group(s) for the Lake Erie watershed.
- To protect and improve aquatic and water-related species and habitat
- To provide for short and long-term planning for dredge disposal facilities.
- To review Lake Erie watershed permits and comments
- To conduct education and outreach promoting the value of the Lake Erie watershed including sports fish species like walleye, yellow perch, and bass.
Meetings, generally 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00p.m. at the Toledo Yacht Club 3900 N. Summit – near Coast Guard Station – check the website. All meetings are open.
A grassroots organization, the Maumee Bay Association, began meeting in 2000 when there was a proposal to expand the dredge disposal facility in the bay. Sandy Bihn led the group which met monthly and expanded issues and region. In 2004/2005 the group joined the WATERKEEPER Alliance and became the Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association. The organization obtained a 501(c)(3) from the IRS in 2005. In January 2011, the organization expanded to serve all of Lake Erie and is renamed Lake Erie Waterkeeper Inc. In 2012 the Lake Erie Waterkeeper program expanded with a Central Basin/Eastern Basin Cleveland program.
The citizen-based membership organization was founded to protect Lake Erie waters including its tributaries from numerous pollution and problems. Another major goal is to preserve and enhance fish populations .
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