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GLIN==> 2003 Coastweeks Celebration of Lake Erie



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2003

ORGANIZATIONS AROUND LAKE ERIE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2003 
COASTWEEKS CELEBRATION OF LAKE ERIE

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, canoeing and kayaking 
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 will be 
promoted at the Lake Erie Commission web site 
http://www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo
Ohio's Coastweeks 2003 registration forms are available by calling 
419-245-2514.
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:
Coastweeks Coordinators: Linda Zmudzinski or Jill Woodyard
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514





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