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GLIN==> Ohio Lake Erie Commission Quarterly Meeting - March 21, 2001



March 16, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TOLEDO, OH - The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its regular quarterly
meeting at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources, Assembly Center - Building E, 1939 Fountain Square Court,
Columbus, Ohio.

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 the Lake Erie License Plate sales program,
donations and bequests.

In other business, the meeting will include reports on the implementation of
strategic actions from the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan, the Lake
Erie Quality Index 2003, the new Lake Erie Heritage Area designation, Ohio's
Lake Erie Buffer Program and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
(CREP).

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 $6 million
in Lake Erie License Plate sales for the LEPF. This money is used to fund
LEPF research and implementation grant projects that focus on improving the
quality of Lake Erie and furthering the goals laid out in the Lake Erie
Protection & Restoration Plan. The 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 by e-mail at:
oleo@www.epa.state.oh.us.

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CONTACT:

Jamie Kochensparger
Public Information Specialist
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor
Toledo, OH  43604-1866
419/245-2514
fax:  419/245-2519
jamie.kochen@www.epa.state.oh.us



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