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GLIN==> Seeking Nominations for Ohio Lake Erie Awards



NEWS RELEASE
July 22, 2004


NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2004 OHIO LAKE ERIE AWARDS
Deadline for submitting nomination forms is August 6

Nominations are currently being sought for the 2004 Ohio Lake Erie Awards, 
which recognizes individuals and organizations from Ohio that have shown 
exceptional dedication to preserving Lake Erie as the state's premier 
natural resource.  Nominations must be submitted by August 6 to the Ohio 
Lake Erie Commission.

Each year, the commission honors one person and one organization that have 
worked to protect and restore Lake Erie and its watershed.

Nine individuals and nine organizations have been recognized for their 
stewardship of Lake Erie since the commission established the awards 
program in 1995. Nominating a person or organization for this award shows 
special appreciation for those who work to improve Lake Erie and support 
the goals of the Lake Erie Protection Fund.

Nomination forms for this year's awards are available by calling 419-245  
-2514 or from the commission's web site at www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo . All 
nomination forms must be completed and returned by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 
6, to be eligible for consideration. Winners will be announced during the 
2004 Coastweeks Celebration of Lake Erie, August 21 to September 19.

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. It 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 commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF). During 
the last 12 years, the commission has raised more than $8 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:
Patricia Madigan, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514 -or- (614) 644-2782










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