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GLIN==> 2003 Coastweeks Observance



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2003

ORGANIZATIONS AROUND LAKE ERIE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2003 
COASTWEEKS OBSERVANCE

Environmental organizations, schools, libraries, community groups and 
individuals throughout the Lake Erie region are encouraged to begin 
planning now for the 2003 Coastweeks observance, August 23 to September 21.
Ohio's Coastweeks, coordinated by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, is part of 
a nationwide effort to educate the public about the importance of restoring 
and maintaining America's coastlines as valuable natural resources. Beach 
walks and cleanups, nature programs, and shoreline conferences are examples 
of the popular and successful Coastweeks activities that take place each 
year around the country.
Organizers are encouraged to tie events to pre-existing community 
activities - especially those that involve families and students. Local 
businesses can often supply additional support for Coastweeks events in the 
form of promotions, sponsorship and positive public relations.
Registering an official Coastweeks event with the commission assures 
organizers of assistance with general media relations and a listing on the 
commission's official web site. Registered cleanup events will also receive 
Coastweeks supplies such as trash bags, pencils and data cards. Events 
registered by May 23 will also be publicized in an upcoming issue of the 
North Coast Newsletter.
Ohio Coastweeks 2003 registration forms are available by calling 
419-245-2514 or through the Ohio Lake Erie Commission web site at 
www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo .
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. The director of the Ohio 
Environmental Protection Agency serves as the commission's chairman, while 
the director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources serves as 
secretary. Additional members include the directors of the state 
departments of transportation, health, development and agriculture.
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For Further Information Contact:
Jill Woodyard, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514




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