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GLIN==> Sept. 26 - Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2002


OHIO LAKE ERIE COMMISSION TO HOLD QUARTERLY MEETING
ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, IN CLEVELAND

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC) will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 
a.m. on Thursday, September 26, at the U.S. Ninth Coast Guard District's 
Coast Guard Club, at the foot of East Ninth Street in Cleveland.

A special Great Lakes report on homeland security and boating safety will 
be presented by Rear Admiral Ronald F. Silva of the U.S. Ninth Coast Guard 
District. The commission will consider Grants Committee recommendations for 
funding the latest round of small grant applications and large research 
grant projects from the Lake Erie Protection Fund. The Lake Erie Commission 
will also select this year's 2002 Ohio Lake Erie Awards.

Additional agenda items include reports from the commission's advisory 
organizations: the Ohio Coastal Resource Management Project; the Natural 
Resources Conservation Service; Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating 
Agency; Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments; and the Ohio Sea 
Grant College Program. All meetings of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission are 
open to the public and include a public comment period. Organizations and 
citizens are urged to attend this meeting and provide input on issues of 
concern.

The director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources supervises the 
Ohio Lake Erie Commission. Additional commission members include the 
directors of the Ohio departments of environmental protection, 
transportation, development, health and agriculture. The commission was 
established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, water quality and 
ecosystem. It also promotes economic development in the region.

The commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF). During 
the last nine years, the commission has raised more than $7.5 million 
through the sale of Lake Erie license plates. This money is used to fund 
LEPF grants that focus on improving the quality of Lake Erie and to 
furthering the goals laid out in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration 
Plan.

For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Busch, Executive Director;
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514


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