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Ohio Lake Erie Conference: Sept. 1, 1999



December 21, 1998

Press Release

8th Annual Ohio Lake Erie Conference

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will host its annual environmental conference on Wednesday, September 1, 1999 in Huron, Ohio, featuring projects and programs that preserve, restore, and protect Lake Erie.  The day-long Conference will be held at The Firelands Campus of Bowling Green State University.

The main focus of the Conference will be discussions of current cutting-edge issues affecting Lake Erie and the Great Lakes region.  Presentations will include status reports on the health of Lake Erie as well as all of the Great Lakes.  This premiere event is geared toward concerned citizens, researchers, and Great Lakes representatives, along with regional, state, federal, and Canadian officials.

The Commission will announce the '99 Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF) awards and present an overview of this grant program, administered by the Commission.  Several LEPF projects will be featured throughout the Conference, showcasing the success of the grant program benefiting Lake Erie.

The 8th Annual Ohio Lake Erie Conference is an event presented as a part of Ohio's public outreach program ~ Coastweeks '99.  Coastweeks is a national celebration of our nation's waters and shorelines, creating many educational, environmental, and recreational opportunities for Ohioans.  Coastweeks is coordinated by the Ohio Lake Erie Office for all Ohio citizens to enjoy August 28 through September 26, 1999.  The goal of this program is to increase awareness of the value and fragility of the state's greatest natural resource ~ Lake Erie and its shoreline.  

Other General Information:

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM	Registration, Touring of Prefunction Displays, and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM	Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Speaker
9:30 -  11:30 AM	Morning Program 
Noon - 1:30 PM	Lake Erie Luncheon including Announcement of Ohio Lake Erie
		Award Recipients - individual and organization
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM	Lake Erie Protection Fund Grant Awards
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM	Lake Erie Protection Fund Grant Project Presentations

Quarterly Meeting of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission to take place the afternoon prior to the Conference - August 31 in the Western Basin - location to be announced.

For further information, please contact:

Ohio Lake Erie Office
One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor
Toledo, OH  43604-1866
419/245-2514
oleo@www.epa.state.oh.us