FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2007
Ohio Lake Erie Commission awards
MORE THAN $102,000 in grants
TOLEDO, OH – More than $102,000 has been
awarded to seven research projects that will benefit Lake
Erie and its environmental and economic resources, according to
the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.
State University Research Foundation will receive $10,000 for a study of vitamin
concentrations in walleye eggs and the influence those concentrations have on
embryo survival. Results of the study will help researchers better understand
threats to vanishing species from environmental changes.
Geological Survey will receive $10,000 to collect water samples from the Cuyahoga
River at a site within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
to determine the relationship between E. coli concentrations and turbidity in
the stream. The project will help develop a tool to determine if the river is
safe for recreation or if advisories should be posted.
Cleveland State University will receive $9,999 for a project to promote a Transfer
Development Rights (TDR) study of a northeast Ohio community to demonstrate how TDR can
serve as a land conservation tool. Funding for this grant will come from the
Balanced Growth Program of the Lake Erie Protection Fund since the Balanced
Growth Task Force recommended use of TDR as a best local land use practice.
Heidelberg College will receive
$10,000 for a
project that compares data on current phosphorus bioavailability in Lake Erie to similar data collected in the early 1980s.
The project will help researchers better understand the relationship between
phosphorus loading in lake tributaries and nutrient status within the lake
The University of Toledo’s
Lake Erie Center will receive $9,891 to study the interrelationships
between yellow perch feeding on mayflies with the expansion of zebra and quagga
mussel populations and low oxygen conditions. Results will lead to
greater understanding of the impact of invasive mussel species on native
commission also awarded a special grant of $52,739 to the center for a two-year
project studying the effects of light and nutrients within the Maumee River
plume on algae blooms in Lake Erie in an
effort to prevent the blooms from occurring. The Ohio Sea Grant Program and the
Lake Erie Commission will jointly fund this project.
Bowling Green State University will receive $10,000 for a study of mayflies in western Lake Erie and how they affect the transfer of toxic
materials to sportfish. The data generated will help identify special
protection areas for the propagation of Lake Erie
quarterly Lake Erie Commission grants are limited to $10,000 or less each and
are generally awarded for one year unless the specific nature of the project
warrants a longer time period. Small grants may be used as seed money to
test the feasibility of larger research projects or to support other small
projects. Small grant proposals are reviewed and selected at each quarterly
meeting of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. The next deadline for proposals
is January 31.
The Lake Erie Commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection
Fund, which is the source of grant funding. This fund is supported by Ohioans
each time they purchase an “Erie...Our Great Lake” license plate
displaying either the Marblehead Lighthouse or the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, as
designed by Ohio artist Ben Richmond.
The commission was created to preserve Lake
Erie's natural resources, enhance its water quality and promote
economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members
include the directors of the departments of transportation, development,
health, agriculture and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Edwin J. Hammett, Executive Director