Lake Erie Environmental Research

As the shallowest and the most biologically diverse of all the Great Lakes, the Lake Erie ecosystem is unique. It supports one of the largest freshwater fisheries in the world and provides many recreational and tourism opportunities due to the presence of numerous beaches and extensive wetland complexes.The entire Lake Erie basin is home to over 11 million people. It is sensitive to pressures from urban and rural land uses, such as excessive nutrient inputs, habitat loss and degradation and the introduction of nonnative invasive species. A variety of research activities are being conducted by different organizations to tackle the challenge of managing this variable and sensitive ecosystem. The following is a list of links to a sample of different organizations that have Lake Erie related research activities: