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From: Jill Woodyard <jill_woodyard@ameritech.net>
To: "'glin-announce@great-lakes.net'" <glin-announce@great-lakes.net>
Subject: GLIN==> Input Sought on Plan to Balance Growth in Lake Erie Watershed
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 16:02:27 -0500
Organization: Ohio Lake Erie Commission
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News Release
December  29, 2003

Informational open houses scheduled for Ashtabula, Bay Village and Toledo

Citizens concerned with the future of the Lake Erie watershed are invited
to voice their opinions at a series of informational open houses in January
and February on the Balanced Growth Initiative of the Ohio Lake Erie
Commission (LEC).
A blue ribbon task force was formed in 2001 to study linkages between land
use and water quality in the Lake Erie Watershed and the impacts that
growth will ultimately have on the lake. The panel was asked to recommend
ways that state and local communities could better promote sustainable
development.  Draft plans developed by the task force are now ready.
  Drafts of "Linking Land Use And Lake Erie: A Planning Framework for
Achieving Balanced Growth in the Ohio Watershed" and "Best Local Land Use
Practices" will be presented from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on January 28 at the
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Huntington Reservation, 28728 Wolf Road,
Bay Village. Similar meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on
February 3 at the LEC Office, 1 Maritime Plaza, Toledo, and 7 p.m. to 9
p.m. on February 5 in the Blue And Gold Room of the Kent State University
Branch Campus, 3325 W. 13th St., Ashtabula.
Members of the LEC staff and Balanced Growth Panel members will be on hand
to answer questions. Each meeting will include an audio-visual presentation
on historic problems in the lake watershed and how panel recommendations
will address those problems.
Attendees are invited to submit comments orally or in writing at the
informational meetings. Comments can also be submitted by e-mail at
lakeeriecommission@ameritech.net or by surface mail to the LEC, 1 Maritime
Plaza, Toledo, Ohio 43604. Comments will be accepted through February 18,
2004. The draft documents are available at the LEC web site at
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is comprised of the directors of the Ohio
departments of the environmental protection agency, natural resources,
transportation, development, health and agriculture. The commission was
established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, water quality and
ecosystem. It also promotes economic development in the region.  The
commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF). During the
last 11 years, the commission has raised nearly $7 million through the sale
of Lake Erie license plates. This money is used to fund LEPF grants that
focus on improving the quality of Lake Erie and to furthering the goals
laid out in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan.

For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Busch, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514

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