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Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting

Press Release
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting
To Be Held January 16 in Columbus

January 8, 1998
CONTACT:  Debbie Katterheinrich
                  Public Information Specialist
	      Ohio Lake Erie Office
	      419/ 245-2514

	TOLEDO, OH - The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will meet on Friday, January 16, 1998 in Columbus beginning at 1:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Ohio EPA, 1800 WaterMark Drive, Conference Rooms 1A and 1B.
	The primary agenda item for this meeting will be a demonstration by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources of the new Coastal Resources Inventory.  The Inventory is designed to provide useful data to both the expert and casual user who are in need of information concerning Lake Erie.  Web based, the Inventory includes biological, land use, recreational, climatic, environmental, and socio-economic databases. 
	Another component of the inventory, an interactive mapping utility, will also be demonstrated.  This feature will allow for Internet users to query available databases and print out customized information, which is of use to them. In other business, the Commission will hear Advisor Reports from the following organizations:  the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, Ohio Sea Grant, the Ohio Coastal Resource Management Project, and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. 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 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