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GLIN==> Ohio Lake Erie Commission Announces Latest Round of Small Grant Awards

July 19, 2001

Latest Round of Lake Erie Protection Fund 
Small Grant Awards Announced

TOLEDO, OH - The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is pleased to announce the recipients of the Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF) Small Grant Awards for the 2001 Fiscal Year 4th Quarter Cycle.  A total of eight projects will receive funding totaling $69,974.

The latest recipients and their projects are:
* Legal Institute of the Great Lakes - Sandra Zellmer
Balanced Growth Blue Ribbon Task Force - Research Support
* Legal Institute of the Great Lakes - Sandra Zellmer
Water Resources Management Plan
* The Ohio State University Research Foundation - Joseph Lucente
Western Lake Erie Waterfront Guide
* The Ohio State University Research Foundation - Dr. David Johnson
Fish Communities of Coastal Wetlands: Corroboration of a Vegetative Index of Biotic Integrity
* Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation District - Janelle Brinksneader
Geographic Information System (GIS) Implementation
* Cleveland State University - Dr. Robert Krebs & Dr. Carol Stepien
An Environmental Model to Improve Public Understanding of the Lake Erie Quality Index
* Village of Put-in-Bay - Lianne Genzman
Put-in-Bay Fish Cleaning Station
* Ohio Department of Agriculture - Robert Wulfhorst
Pesticide Use Survey Program

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission awards small grants at each of its quarterly meetings. The deadline for submitting proposals for the next round of LEPF small grants is July 25, 2001. The Request for Proposals (RFP) and the application may be downloaded from the Commission's website at: www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo, or may be obtained from the Commission's office in Toledo at 419/245-2514.

Generally, small grants will be awarded for one year unless the specific nature of the project warrants a longer time period. As with
the large grant program, please refer purely educational projects to the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at 614/644-2873.

Small grants are intended to be used as seed money to test the feasibility of larger research efforts, for small demonstration implementation projects, technology transfer, and public participation projects. Funding priorities for this year's grants are based on the Ohio Lake Erie Commission's recently released Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan (LEPR). This plan is intended  as a blueprint by which the agencies of the Commission will continue their efforts to protect and restore Ohio's portion of Lake Erie and its watershed. The plan contains 84 strategic actions that are designed to improve various environmental, recreational or economic resources within the Lake Erie basin.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF). The Commission is comprised of the directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Natural Resources, Transportation, Development, Health and Agriculture. The Commission was established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, protect the quality of the lake's waters and ecosystem, and promote economic development in the region. Since 1992, the Ohio Lake Erie Commission has raised over $6.2 million through the Lake Erie License Plate sales program and other donations. License plates sales revenues have been used solely to fund LEPF research and implementation grant projects focusing on improving Lake Erie and its waterways.

For more information about the Ohio Lake Erie Commission or the Lake Erie Protection Fund grants program, please contact Greg Tipping, Grants Manager; Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office at 419/245-2514 or greg.tipping@www.epa.state.oh.us.


For press information, contact Jamie Kochensparger, Public Information Specialist, Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office at 419/245-2514.

Jamie Kochensparger
Public Information Specialist
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor
Toledo, OH  43604-1866
V:  419/245-2514
F:  419/245-2519
E:  jamie.kochen@www.epa.state.oh.us

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