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GLIN==> NOTICE: Cuyahoga County SWCD Receives Grant



NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2005

 

 

CUYAHOGA COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

RECEIVES GRANT FROM OHIO LAKE ERIE COMMISSION

 

TOLEDO, OH – A project that examines the use of rain gardens and bio-retention landscape filters to improve water quality in Euclid Creek in Cuyahoga County has received a $9,450 grant from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC).  The Cuyahoga County Soil & Water District is sponsoring the project.

“Putting Urban Landscapes to Work for Water Quality” will identify the ecological and landscape criteria needed to apply best management practices in order to develop two demonstration sites in the Euclid Creek area. Project leaders will also review legislative policies and ordinances to help establish best management practices.

The project will eventually provide ideas on what will work in Euclid Creek and other urbanized watersheds.  The project will help in restoring the creek and meeting water quality standards.

The Lake Erie Protection Fund supports a quarterly grant program where funding is limited to $10,000 or less, as well as a larger annual research and implementation grant program. The Ohio Lake Erie Commission oversees the fund and has budgeted $100,000 during the current fiscal year for quarterly grant projects that specifically address one or more of the 84 strategic actions found in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan. A total of $64,237 has been awarded during the current fiscal year to these quarterly grant projects.

During the last 12 years, the commission has raised more than $7.8 million through the sale of Lake Erie license plates featuring either the Marblehead Lighthouse or the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse – both designed by artist Ben Richmond.  The money has gone to a wide range of efforts to preserve and enhance life along Lake Erie.

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For Further Information Contact:

Edwin J. Hammett, Ohio Lake Erie Commission

(419) 245-2514