FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2007
and TO A leader of
Norm Schultz and
TOLEDO, OH – The 2007 Ohio Lake Erie Awards were presented this week to Norm Schultz, president emeritus of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, and to the Ashtabula River RAP/Partnership, which has worked for 19 years to clean up the mouth of that important Lake Erie tributary.
Logan, chairman of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and director of the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) made the presentation, which is given
annually to an individual and organization that has demonstrated exceptional
“It is an honor to
help recognize Norm Schultz and the Ashtabula River RAP/Partnership for their
long-standing commitment to the stewardship of
Schultz served as the president of the
Lake Erie Marine Trades Association for 33 years and remains a leading advocate
The Boating Association of Ohio, which Schultz formed in 1980, combines the interests of boat manufacturers, dealers and owners into one political voice. It has helped enact more than a dozen pieces of legislation, including doubling the amount of financial resources for the ODNR Division of Watercraft for boating safety, education, law enforcement and public access. The association helped reduce the taxes on boat purchases and improve titling procedures.
Schultz has served on the Waterways Safety Council for 22 years. The council oversees boating programs for the ODNR Division of Watercraft. He was also named “Boater of the Year” by the Greater Cleveland Boating Association and the Lake Erie Safe Boating Council, and received the Irv Rosenthal Award – the highest honor of the Marine Retailers Association of America. The U.S. Coast Guard has honored Schultz with its Meritorious Services Award – the organization’s highest civilian award.
The Ashtabula River RAP/Partnership has
worked since1988 to restore the lower 2 miles of the
Following 12 years of effort, the partnership succeeded in obtaining a $25 million award under the Great Lakes Legacy Act – matched by another $25 million in state and local funds – to remove 500,000 cubic yards of sediment containing various chemicals and pollutants from the river bottom and dispose of them in an upland landfill. The partnership has persisted in keeping this project “high profile,” enlisting the aid of state, local and federal entities, as well as concerned citizens. Dredging is now slated for completion by the end of this year.
The dredging project is the largest single step to removing the
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