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GLIN==> NOTICE: 2005 Ohio Coastweeks Celebration Announced & "Call for Events"



NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2005

 

2005 COASTWEEKS CELEBRATION IS AUGUST 20 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 18

Organizations along Lake Erie encouraged to plan now for this month-long celebration

 

 

TOLEDO, OH – Celebrating and protecting Ohio’s great lake is the focus of this year’s Coastweeks observance, August 20 through September 18, according to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC), which coordinates the program.

Ohio's Coastweeks is part of an annual nationwide effort to educate the public about protecting America's coastlines. In Ohio, the focus is Lake Erie and its shoreline.

Beach walks and cleanups, nature programs, campouts and canoe tours are examples of the popular activities that take place during Coastweeks.

This year's International Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 17, and is the world’s largest one-day volunteer effort to clean up coastlines and waterways.

Environmental organizations, schools, libraries, community groups and individuals throughout the Lake Erie region are encouraged to host events for this year’s Coastweeks.

Visit the LEC web site at www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo or call 419-245-2514 to learn more about participating in Coastweeks and to obtain an event form.

LEC will provide tools needed to help promote Coastweeks events.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission 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 director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development, Agriculture, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

 

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For Further Information Contact:

Edwin Hammett, Ohio Lake Erie Commission

419-245-2514