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GLIN==> COASTWEEKS 2002 KICKS OFF!




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2002


OHIO TO CELEBRATE COASTWEEKS 2002 AUGUST 24-SEPTEMBER 22
More than 50 events will fete Lake Erie as Ohio's great natural resource

Coastweeks 2002, Ohio's annual celebration of Lake Erie, kicks off this 
Saturday, August 24 through September 22 in dozens of communities along the 
shoreline.
The annual Coastweeks observance provides unique opportunities to explore 
and appreciate Lake Erie through enjoyable educational, environmental and 
recreational activities. Beach parties, sandcastle-building contests, 
interpretive hikes and canoe floats, beach cleanups, birding adventures, 
tours, open houses and more are scheduled in lakefront communities from 
Painesville to Toledo. Check the Ohio Lake Erie Commission web site at 
http:// www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo  for a complete list of Coastweeks 2002 
events or call 419-245-2514 for information.
Coastweeks is designed to teach Ohioans how they can protect and preserve 
Ohio's Great Lake.  Now in its eleventh year, Ohio's Coastweeks program 
continues its tradition of offering exciting and educational events for 
people of all ages.  The beachfront cleanups, which are a major feature of 
Coastweeks, are part of an international volunteer effort, sponsored by The 
Ocean Conservancy, to keep coastlines clean and pristine around the world.
Ohio's Coastweeks 2002 activities are coordinated by the Ohio Lake Erie 
Commission. The 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. It is made up 
of the directors of Ohio's departments of natural resources, environmental 
protection, transportation, health, development and agriculture.



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