Lake Erie Waterkeeper Serves the entire Lake Erie Watershed

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ABOUT LAKE ERIE WATERKEEER

Lake Erie Waterkeeper

The Lake Erie Waterkeeper program seeks to have fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for the Lake Erie Watershed.

This goal for Lake Erie’s waters is being accomplished through advocacy, education, litigation and innovation.

Lake Erie Waterkeeper was founded in 2004 and licensed by the Waterkeeper Alliance in 2005. The initial program covered the western basin of Lake Erie.  The program was expanded to the entire Lake Erie watershed in 2011. Lake Erie Waterkeeper is served by a board of directors

 

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Lake Erie Waterkeeper is a licensed member of the International Waterkeeper Alliance whose goal is drinkable, fishable, swimmable water everywhere.

The Waterkeeper Movement

The Waterkeeper movement was started by a band of blue-collar fishermen on New York’s Hudson River in 1966 because industrial polluters were destroying their way of life. Their tough, grassroots brand of environmental activism sparked the Hudson’s miraculous recovery and inspired others to launch Waterkeeper groups around the world.

Today, Waterkeeper Alliance unites more than 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates that are on the frontlines of the global water crisis, patrolling and protecting more than 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on six continents.

From Alaska to the Himalayas, the Great Lakes to Australia, the Waterkeeper movement defends the fundamental human right to drinkable, fishable and swimmable waters, and combines firsthand knowledge of their local waterways with an unwavering commitment to the rights of their communities. 

Whether they’re on the water tracking down polluters, in courtrooms enforcing environmental laws, advocating in town meetings or teaching in classrooms, the Waterkeeper movement speaks for the waters it defends – with the collective strength of Waterkeeper Alliance and the backing of local communities.

Waterkeeper Alliance ensures that the world’s Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates are as connected to each other as they are to their local waters, organizing the fight for clean water into a coordinated global movement. For more information go to waterkeeperalliance.org  

Lake Erie Waterkeeper Accomplishments

  • Establish sturgeon in the Maumee River
  • Reduce phosphorous output by a reported 50% from the Detroit wastewater plant – the single largest Lake Erie phosphorous source
  • Policies to eliminate open lake disposal
  • Policies to ban fertilizer and manure applications on frozen ground
  • Seeking Clean Water Act impaired status
  • Accounting for fish kills in power plant intakes at Bayshore/Toledo Edison, Whiting and DTE Monroe
<strong>Our Mission</strong>

Our Mission

The Lake Erie Waterkeeper program seeks to have fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for the Lake Erie Watershed.

This goal for Lake Erie’s waters is being accomplished through advocacy, education, litigation and innovation.

Lake Erie Waterkeeper was founded in 2004 and licensed by the Waterkeeper Alliance in 2005. The initial program covered the western basin of Lake Erie.  The program was expanded to the entire Lake Erie watershed in 2011.

Lake Erie Waterkeeper is Guided by a Strategic Plan

Lake Erie Waterkeeper Summary Strategic Plans / Goals

Lake Erie Waterkeeper serves the Lake Erie Watershed with the exception of the Detroit River which is served by the Detroit Riverkeeper. The watershed includes areas in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Ontario and Pennsylvania (New York is served by the Buffalo/Niagara Riverkeeper).

Lake Erie Waterkeeper is a licensed member of the International Waterkeeper Alliance whose goal is drinkable, fishable, swimmable water everywhere.

The Waterkeeper movement was started by a band of blue-collar fishermen on New York’s Hudson River in 1966 because industrial polluters were destroying their way of life. Their tough, grassroots brand of environmental activism sparked the Hudson’s miraculous recovery and inspired others to launch Waterkeeper groups around the world.

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Today, Waterkeeper Alliance unites more than 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates that are on the frontlines of the global water crisis, patrolling and protecting more than 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on six continents.

From Alaska to the Himalayas, the Great Lakes to Australia, the Waterkeeper movement defends the fundamental human right to drinkable, fishable and swimmable waters, and combines firsthand knowledge of their local waterways with an unwavering commitment to the rights of their communities.

Whether they’re on the water tracking down polluters, in courtrooms enforcing environmental laws, advocating in town meetings or teaching in classrooms, the Waterkeeper movement speaks for the waters it defends – with the collective strength of Waterkeeper Alliance and the backing of local communities.

Waterkeeper Alliance ensures that the world’s Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates are as connected to each other as they are to their local waters, organizing the fight for clean water into a coordinated global movement. For more information go to waterkeeperalliance.org