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GLIN==> Dec. 17th - Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting



News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2003


OHIO LAKE ERIE COMMISSION TO HOLD
QUARTERLY MEETING IN COLUMBUS ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC) will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 
a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, at the Ohio Environmental Protection 
Agency's Lazarus Government Center, 122 South Front Street in Columbus.
The commission will consider the latest round of small grant applications, 
as well as recommendations for the 2004 large research grant cycle.
 The commission will also hear an update of the Balanced Growth Initiative, 
including a plan for a series of public meetings on the initiative during 
January and February. Purpose of the meetings is to allow public comment on 
proposals surrounding sustainable development and watershed preservation on 
the Lake Erie shoreline.
Additional agenda items include a report by the Ohio EPA on the 2004 Sport 
Fish Consumption Advisories and an update by the Ohio Department of Natural 
Resources on the Great Lakes Annex 2001.
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:
Jeff Busch, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514
-or-
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6860



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