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GLIN==> Ohio Lake Erie Commission Awards Small Grants

News Release
December 22, 2004


TOLEDO, OH.  -  Three projects aimed at studying ways to protect Lake Erie 
and its watershed will receive a total of $28,400 in grants from the Ohio 
Lake Erie Commission. The studies will also focus on ways to improve the 
quality of life of those who live and play along the Lake Erie shoreline.

The Lake Erie Protection Fund is the source of grant money funding these 
projects which is supported by Ohioans each time they purchase a Lake Erie 
license plate, displaying either the Marblehead Lighthouse or the Toledo 
Harbor Lighthouse (designed by Artist Ben Richmond.)

These small grant awards are part of a quarterly grant program that 
provides seed money to test the feasibility of larger research efforts or 
other public participation projects. Projects are selected for funding 
based on their support of the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan, 
which seeks to improve various environmental, recreational and economic 
resources within the Lake Erie basin.

The University of Toledo received a grant for $9,100 for a project titled 
"Riparian Forests in northwest Ohio Watersheds: relations between 
landscape, structure, land-use, and water quality in regional rivers."  The 
project, directed by Johan Gottgens, Ph.D and Michael Benedict, will 
 attempt to determine the extent of the relationship between tree lined 
river corridors and water quality. Existing data on these areas will be 
incorporated and analyzed. The areas to be studied include the Auglaize and 
Ottawa rivers and Swan Creek watersheds.

Heidelberg College received a grant for $9,300 for a project titled 
"Characterization of Mayfly (Hexagenia) Population Refugia in the Central 
Basin of Lake Erie." The project, directed by Kenneth A. Krieger, will 
study the near-shore regions of the central basin to determine if mayfly 
nymphs are present.

Portage Park District received a $10,000 grant for a project titled 
"Breakneck Creek Watershed - Parcel Data Inventory and Targeted Landowner 
Outreach." The project, directed by Christine Craycroft, is part of a 
three-phase planning effort to gather information that will help educate 
property owners in the Portage County Watershed about preservation, 
conservation and stewardship opportunities.

These quarterly grants are limited to $10,000 or less and are generally 
awarded for one year unless the specific nature of the project warrants a 
longer time period.

In addition, the commission designated $200,000 for next year's large grant 
awards. The average grant will range from $50,000 to $100,000 for one-to 
three-year implementation projects. The request for pre-proposals will be 
February 4.

The commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund. During the last 
12 years, the commission has raised more than $7.7 million through the sale 
of Lake Erie license plates. The money has gone to a wide range of efforts 
to preserve and enhance life along Lake Erie.

For Further Information Contact:
Edwin J. Hammett, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514


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