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GLIN==> Lake Erie Protection Fund - Final Reports Available

March 31, 2004

Fifteen reports detailing project status, outcome available for public 

TOLEDO, OH - Reports detailing the results of several projects supported by 
the Lake Erie Protection Fund are available for public view, according to 
the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, the awarding agency.
The 15 projects funded were of all sizes and focus, including a study on 
bald eagles along the Lake Erie shoreline, as well as surveying public 
opinion on the overall quality of Lake Erie as a recreational site. The 
projects varied in length from one to three years.
The Lake Erie Protection Fund was established to help finance research and 
implementation of projects aimed at protecting and preserving Lake Erie and 
its watershed. The fund is supported by Ohioans who purchase Lake Erie 
license plates. During the past 11 years, the commission has raised more 
than $7 million and funded in excess of 200 projects.
The final reports of these recently completed projects now can be viewed at 
the Ohio Lake Erie Commission office in Toledo. A copy of a specific report 
can be obtained by calling 419-245-2514.
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is comprised of the directors of the Ohio 
Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio departments of natural 
resources, transportation, development, health and agriculture. The 
commission was created to preserve the lake's natural resources and protect 
the quality of its waters and ecosystem.
For more information about the commission and its programs, visit 


Contact: Jill Woodyard (419) 245-2514
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office
EDITORS NOTE: Attached below is a list of the final reports for projects 
that received funding.

1) Modeling The Effect Of The Export Of Nitrogen Into Lake Erie From 
Agricultural Lands (Report LEPF 98-10)
Project Director: Dr. Peter Whiting, Case Western Reserve University

2) Managing Portage County's Semi-Public Wastewater Systems To Benefit The 
Lake Erie Watershed
(Report LEPF 99-11) Project Director: DuWayne Porter, Portage County Health 

3) Developing The Bald Eagle As A Lake Erie Biosentinel (Report LEPF 00-05)
Project Director: Dr. Keith Grasman, Wright State University

4) Technical Implementation Program For Natural Resource Protection In The 
Chagrin River Watershed (Report LEPF 01-11) Project Director: Kyle 
Dreyfuss-Wells, Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.

5) Developing Regional Watershed-Based Model Storm Water Permit 
Plans (Report LEPF 01-13) Project Director: John Beeker, Northeast Ohio 
Areawide Coordinating Agency

6) Prepare And Conduct A Public Opinion Survey For The Lake Erie Quality 
Index (Report LEQI 01-01)
Project Director: Dr. Kathleen Carr, Strategic Research Group, LLC

7) Development And Evaluation Of An Index Of Biotic Integrity For The Of  
fshore Fish Assemblage of Lake Erie (Report LEQI 01-09)  Project Director: 
Dr. Mark Kershner, Kent State University, Department of Biological Science

8) Economic Impact Of Visitors In The Seven Counties As A Whole For The 
Erie Quality Index (Report LEQI 03-12) Project Director: John M. Rovelstad, 
Rovelstad & Associates

9) Native Unionid Mussel And Zebra Mussel Distributions In Crane Creek 
Wetland At Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio (Report SG 140-01) Project 
Director: Dr. Ferenc de Szalay, Kent State University

10) Portage River Basin Tourism Resources Inventory (Report SG 146-01)
Project Director: Melinda Huntley, Ottawa County Visitors Bureau

11) Western Lake Erie Waterfront Guide (Report SG 156-01)
Project Director: Joseph Lucente, The Ohio State University Research 

12) Middle Harbor Boardwalk (Report SG 174-02)
Project Director: Jim Wilson, East Harbor State Park, Lakeside-Marblehead, 

13) One Pass Fall Tillage With 30 Percent Residue And Adequate Seed Bed 
Preparation (Report SG 175-02)
Project Director: Dave Badenhop, Henry Soil & Water Conservation District

14) Great Lakes Officer Snook (Report SG 195-02)
Project Director: Virginia Reker, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9ER 

15) Lake Erie Water Snake Abundance And Habitat Use: Implications For 
(Report SG 196-03) Project Director: Carolyn Caldwell, Ohio Department of 
Natural Resources Division of Wildlife


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