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Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting

Press Release

Ohio Lake Erie Commission To Review Grants Applications 
And Approve 1999 Large Grant Cycle at Dec. 23rd Meeting 

Contact: Debbie Katterheinrich
	 Public Information Specialist
	 Ohio Lake Erie Office
	 419/ 245-2517

Toledo, Oh - The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its regular quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 23, 1998 at Highbanks Metro Park in Columbus beginning at 10 a.m.  

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will review the Grants Committee's funding recommendations for small grant proposals and approve projects for the current funding cycle.  Grants are awarded through the Lake Erie Protection Fund, which is supported through Lake Erie License Plate sales, the Erie?Our Great Lake credit card program, donations, and bequests. 

The Commission will also review and approve the Lake Erie Protection Fund's 1999 large grant cycle for one- to three-year implementation projects. A total of $1 million in funding will be awarded next year to Lake Erie projects focusing on resource protection and restoration; coastal management demonstration and implementation, and pollution prevention/reduction implementation. 
In other business,  this meeting will include a report on the Lake Erie Commission Strategic Plan 2000-2001 and a presentation of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' draft assessment and strategies for enhancement of the Ohio Coastal Management Program. 

All meetings of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission are open to the public.  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. 

The Commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF).  During the last six years, the Ohio Lake Erie Commission has raised over $3.6 million in Lake Erie License Plate sales.  This money has been used to fund LEPF research and implementation grant projects that focus on improving the quality of Lake Erie.  The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and their staff, the Ohio Lake Erie Office, are responsible for several other programs including 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@www.epa.state.oh.us

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