About the State of the Strait

photo of Ambassador Bridge

The State of the Strait is a binational (Canada-United States) collaboration that hosts a meeting every two years to bring together government managers, researchers, students, environmental and conservation organizations, and concerned citizens. Participants work to understand historical ecosystem conditions and assess current ecosystem status in order to achieve a better future for the Detroit River and western Lake Erie. Please take a look at presentations from our previous meetings for more information.




News and Upcoming Events

Save the date announcement for State of the Strait 2017 meeting



October 2017


In coordination with Detroit’s 2017 designation as an Urban Bird Treaty City, the State of the Strait, the Detroit Zoo, and the Metro Detroit Nature Network have partnered to present a conference with the theme “Urban Bird Summit: Status, Trends, and Risks to Species that Call the Corridor Home”.

Display space is available for conference sponsors and vendors, and poster presentations are still being accepted. Please see the "Save the Date" PDF for contact information.

Save the Date Announcement: [Download PDF]


August 2017

Welcome to the redesigned website for the State of the Strait group. This site contains information on past SOFTS conferences, SOFTS publications, and other media. Also included are subsites on soft shoreline engineering and the The Detroit River-Western Lake Erie indicator project (previously hosted on the Environmental Protection Agency website).