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GLIN==> December 18 - Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2002

OHIO LAKE ERIE COMMISSION TO HOLD QUARTERLY MEETING
DECEMBER 18, IN COLUMBUS

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC) will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 
a.m. on Wednesday, December 18, at Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's 
Lazarus Government Center, 122 S. Front St., in Columbus.
Executive Director Jeff Busch will update commission members on the 
activities of the Balanced Growth Blue Ribbon Task Force. The commission 
will also consider grants committee recommendations for funding its latest 
round of small grant projects from the Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF), 
and funding for the future 2003 small and large grants program.
Additional agenda items include reports from the commission's advisory 
organizations: the Ohio Coastal Resource Management Project; the Natural 
Resources Conservation Service; the 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 EPA supervises the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. 
Additional commission members include the directors of the Ohio departments 
of natural resources, 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, Ohio Lake Erie Commission (419) 245-2514



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