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GLIN==> NOTICE: Sept 14, 2005 Ohio Lake Erie Commission Annual Meeting



NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 7, 2005

 

 

TOLEDO, OH – The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC) will hold its Annual Meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at The University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in the Toledo suburb of Oregon.

Commission members are expected to approve the Watershed Balanced Growth Plan Pilot Projects and the 2005 Lake Erie Protection Fund Large Grant awards, as well as the latest round of Small Grants. LEC Chairman Samuel W. Speck will present the 2005 Ohio Lake Erie Awards. LEC Executive Director Edwin Hammett will present the Watershed Balanced Growth Plan Pilot Projects and the winners of the 2005 “Life On Lake Erie” Photo Contest.

Hammett will also update commission members on the 2005 Coastweeks celebration and other items of interest.

Joe Rutherford, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District Two, will report on the progress of the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway and the I-280 Maumee River Crossing Project.

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 Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the departments of 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 in the region.                                                                                    

The commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF), which is the source of grant money. This fund is supported by Ohioans each time they purchase a Lake Erie license plate displaying either the Marblehead Lighthouse or the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse designed by Ohio artist Ben Richmond. This money is used to fund LEPF grants that focus on improving the quality of Lake Erie and furthering the goals laid out in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan.                                        

During the last 12 years, the commission has raised nearly $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 furthering the goals laid out in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan.

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For Further Information Contact:

Edwin J. Hammett, Ohio Lake Erie Commission

(419) 245-2514