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GLIN==> NOTIFICATION - SEPT. 4, 2003 OHIO LAKE ERIE COMMISSION MEETING



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 29, 2003


OHIO LAKE ERIE COMMISSION TO HOLD QUARTERLY MEETING IN CLEVELAND

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC) will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 
a.m. on Thursday, September 4, in the 42nd Floor Observation Deck of the 
Terminal Tower, 50 Public Square, Cleveland.
Agenda items include announcement of the 2003 Lake Erie Protection Fund 
"large" grant awards. The commission will award $400,000 in grants to 
organizations and government entities for projects that contribute to 
quality of life on the lake.
 The commission is also expected to approve the 2003 Ohio Lake Erie Award 
recipients. The awards go annually to individuals and organizations that 
have made outstanding contributions to enhance the lake.
 Chris Ronayne, director of the Cleveland City Planning Commission, and 
Debbie Berry, Cleveland Lakefront Plan manager, will present the Cleveland 
Lakefront Plan.
Chris Jones, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will 
report on the Great Lakes Priorities Task Force. Jones is the task force 
chairman. The group is charged with identifying specific restoration goals 
for the lake and creating a plan to accomplish those goals.
Winners of the commission's "Life on Lake Erie" photo contest will also be 
announced.
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 Ohio Lake Erie Commission is comprised of the directors of the Ohio 
departments of the environmental protection agency, 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 11 years, the commission has raised nearly than $7 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.

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For Further Information Contact:
Jill Woodyard, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514





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