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GLIN==> NOTICE: June 8, 2005 Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting


June 7, 2005






TOLEDO, OH - The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at the Lorain County Visitors Bureau, 8025 Leavitt Road in Amherst, OH.


Commission members are expected to hear a progress report on the Clean Ohio Fund from John Magill, director of the Office of Urban Development in the Ohio Department of Development. Magill and Tiffani Kavalec of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will focus on successful Clean Ohio projects along the Lake Erie shoreline.  Melinda Huntley, Executive Director of Lake Erie Coastal Ohio, will present a progress report on the marketing of Lake Erie’s natural and heritage tourism which has been supported by two Lake Erie Protection Fund grant awards. This program implements a priority recommendation of Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan to implement a program to expand Lake Erie tourism.


Commission members are also expected to select the latest round of Small Grant projects. Executive director Edwin Hammett will provide a progress report on the implementation of the commission’s Balanced Growth Program, including the latest developments in the request for proposals for Watershed Pilot Projects.

Commission staff will also present an overview of 2005 public outreach programs, including Coastweeks 2005, the “Life on Lake Erie” Photo Contest and the Ohio Lake Erie Awards.


All meetings of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission are open to the public and include a public comment period. Organizations and citizens are urged to attend this meeting and provide input on issues of concern.


The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is comprised of the directors of the Ohio EPA and Ohio DNR, as well as the directors of the state departments of transportation, development, health and agriculture. It was established for the purpose of preserving Lake Erie’s natural resources, protecting the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and promoting economic development in the region.


The commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF), which is the source of grant money. This fund is supported by Ohioans each time they purchase a Lake Erie license plate displaying either the Marblehead Lighthouse or the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse – both designed by artist Ben Richmond. This money is used to fund LEPF grants that focus on improving the quality of Lake Erie and furthering the goals laid out in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan. During the last 12 years, the commission has raised nearly $8 million through the sale of Lake Erie license plates.



For Further Information Contact:

Edwin J. Hammett, Ohio Lake Erie Commission

 (419) 245-2514