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Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting



September 15, 1997 			                         

CONTACT:  
Debbie Katterheinrich
Public Information Specialist							 
Ohio Lake Erie Office							                        
419/ 245-2514							                        

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting
To Be Held In Cleveland Sept. 17, 1997

	TOLEDO, OH - Shoreline erosion issues in Sandusky Bay and soft substrate colonization by zebra mussels will be discussed at the next quarterly meeting of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission on Wednesday, September 17, 1997 at 1:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Cuyahoga County Commissioners Chambers in downtown Cleveland.
	The meeting will focus on issues affecting the Lake Erie community.  The following presentations are scheduled: Shoreline erosion issues in Sandusky Bay by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Overview of the Ohio Water Resources Council by Executive Director Jim Rozelle; Soft substrate colonization by zebra mussels presented by Dr. Paul Bertram; and an update on the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) by RAP Coordinator Kelvin Rogers.
	Other issues to be addressed at the September 17th Ohio Lake Erie Commission meeting include:  Review and recommendation of Lake Erie Protection Fund small grant proposals; Review of the City of Mentor's work plan for Mentor Lagoons grant proposal; the 3-day Lake
Erie Conference to be held Sept. 18-20, 1997 at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland; and updates on the Lake Erie Coastal Resources Inventory Project and Lake Erie Quality Index Project. 
	All meetings of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission are open to the public.  Concerned organizations and citizens are urged to attend this meeting and provide input on agenda items or other issues of concern.  The Cuyahoga County Commissioners Chambers is located in downtown Cleveland at 1219 Ontario Street, Fourth Floor, Room 451.  The building is located on the corner of Lakeside Avenue and Ontario Street.  Parking is available across the street behind the Courthouse.
	The Commission generally meets quarterly on the third Wednesday of the month.  The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is comprised of the directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Departments of Natural Resources, Transportation,  Development, Health and Agriculture.  The Ohio Lake Erie Commission was established for the purpose of preserving Lake Erie's natural resources, protecting the quality of waters and ecosystem, and promoting economic development of the region.
	Responsible for the administration of the Lake Erie Protection Fund, the Commission has awarded grant monies for Lake Erie related research and implementation programs since 1992.  Other programs that the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and their staff, the Ohio Lake Erie Office, are responsible for include the Lake Erie License Plate and Ohio's Coastweeks, an annual public outreach program celebrating Lake Erie.
	For more information regarding the Ohio Lake Erie Commission meeting or to receive a meeting agenda, please contact the Ohio Lake Erie Office at 419/245-2514, by fax at 419/245-2519, or email: oleo@great-lakes.net

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