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PRESS RELEASE

Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Review Grant Applications
and Approve 2001 Large Grant Cycle at Dec. 20th Meeting

Contact: 	Jamie Kochensparger
Public Information Specialist
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor
Toledo, OH  43604-1866
419/245-2514
		jamie.kochen@www.epa.state.oh.us

TOLEDO, OH - The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its regular quarterly
meeting on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources*, Room D-3, 1930 Belcher Drive, Building D, in Columbus, Ohio
beginning at 10:00 AM.

*Please note this is a change from the previously posted location of Ohio
Environmental Protection Agency at Lazarus Government Center.

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, donations
and bequests.

The Commission will also review and approve the Lake Erie Protection Fund's
2001 Large Grant Cycle and Request for Proposals (RFP) for one to three-year
implementation projects focusing on the goals of the newly released Lake
Erie Protection & Restoration Plan.

In other business, this meeting will include reports on the Implementation
Plan for the new Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan and the Work Plan
for the 2003 Lake Erie Quality Index. Special presentations will be given of
the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Littoral Sand issue, Ohio Coastal
Nonpoint Pollution Control Plan and Great Lakes Charter Annex proposal.

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 its waters and ecosystem, and promoting
economic development of the region.

The Commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF). During
the last 9 years, the Ohio Lake Erie Commission has raised over $5.5 million
in Lake Erie License Plate sales for the LEPF. 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 are
responsible for several other programs including Ohio's Coastweeks, an
annual public outreach program celebrating Lake Erie and improving the lake
through coastal cleanups.

For more information regarding the Ohio Lake Erie Commission or to receive a
detailed meeting agenda, please contact the Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office
at 419/245-2514, by fax at 419/245-2519, or e-mail:
oleo@www.epa.state.oh.us.

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