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GLIN==> Input Sought on Plan to Balance Growth in Lake Erie Watershed

News Release
December  29, 2003

Informational open houses scheduled for Ashtabula, Bay Village and Toledo

Citizens concerned with the future of the Lake Erie watershed are invited 
to voice their opinions at a series of informational open houses in January 
and February on the Balanced Growth Initiative of the Ohio Lake Erie 
Commission (LEC).
A blue ribbon task force was formed in 2001 to study linkages between land 
use and water quality in the Lake Erie Watershed and the impacts that 
growth will ultimately have on the lake. The panel was asked to recommend 
ways that state and local communities could better promote sustainable 
development.  Draft plans developed by the task force are now ready. 
 Drafts of "Linking Land Use And Lake Erie: A Planning Framework for 
Achieving Balanced Growth in the Ohio Watershed" and "Best Local Land Use 
Practices" will be presented from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on January 28 at the 
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Huntington Reservation, 28728 Wolf Road, 
Bay Village. Similar meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on 
February 3 at the LEC Office, 1 Maritime Plaza, Toledo, and 7 p.m. to 9 
p.m. on February 5 in the Blue And Gold Room of the Kent State University 
Branch Campus, 3325 W. 13th St., Ashtabula.
Members of the LEC staff and Balanced Growth Panel members will be on hand 
to answer questions. Each meeting will include an audio-visual presentation 
on historic problems in the lake watershed and how panel recommendations 
will address those problems.
Attendees are invited to submit comments orally or in writing at the 
informational meetings. Comments can also be submitted by e-mail at 
lakeeriecommission@ameritech.net or by surface mail to the LEC, 1 Maritime 
Plaza, Toledo, Ohio 43604. Comments will be accepted through February 18, 
2004. The draft documents are available at the LEC web site at 
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is comprised of the directors of the Ohio 
departments of the environmental protection agency, natural resources, 
transportation, development, health and agriculture. The commission was 
established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, water quality and 
ecosystem. It also promotes economic development in the region.  The 
commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF). During the 
last 11 years, the commission has raised nearly $7 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 to furthering the goals 
laid out in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan.

For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Busch, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514

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