FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2006
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 IN
TOLEDO, OH – The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC) will hold its quarterly meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, at the District One Office of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, 1500 Dublin Road, in Columbus.
Jeffrey M. Reutter, PhD, executive director of the Ohio Sea Grant
College Program, will present a report on the Great Lakes Regional Research and
Information Network, a new, informal network
that is being led by a bi-national team of Sea Grant, university and federal
researchers through a grant from the National Sea Grant Program. GLRRIN seeks
to promote enhanced information exchange and coordination between Great Lakes
researchers, universities and federal, state/provincial and other agencies that
Commission members are expected to act on the latest round of small grants and approve the meeting schedule for 2007.
LEC Executive Director Edwin Hammett will also report on ongoing projects of the commission, including the Balanced Growth and license plate programs.
Representatives of ODNR will report on the status of the Great
Lakes Compact and representatives of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
(OEPA) will update the group on
Advisory committees will report on the Ohio Coastal Resource Management Project, Ohio Sea Grant College Program, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.
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
ODNR and OEPA, as well as the departments of Transportation, Development,
Health and Agriculture. It was established for the purpose of preserving
The commission also oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund,
which is the source of grant money for projects that benefit the
During the last 13 years, the commission has raised more than $8
million through the sale of
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