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GLIN==> NOTICE: December 21, 2005 Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting



December 13, 2005






TOLEDO, OH – The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC) will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21, at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Fountain Square Complex, Assembly Center, Building E., 2045 Morse Road in Columbus.


Commission Members are expected to approve the latest round of small grants and review the budget, guidelines and application deadlines for the 2006 Lake Erie Protection Fund grant cycle. They will also approve the group’s regular meeting schedule for 2006.


LEC Executive Director Edwin Hammett will report on ongoing projects, including the Balanced Growth and license plate programs and other outreach efforts.

ODNR representatives will update members on activities surrounding today’s signing of the Great Lakes Charter Annex, which sets guidelines and limitations on how Great Lakes waters can be used, exported or diverted. Representatives of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) will update members on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, a comprehensive strategy for restoration of the Great Lakes watershed.


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 ODNR and OEPA, as well as the 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 designed by Ohio artist Ben Richmond.


During the last 12 years, the commission has raised $8.0 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 furthering the goals laid out in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan.




For Further Information Contact:

Edwin J. Hammett, Executive Director

Ohio Lake Erie Commission

One Maritime Plaza, 4th. Floor

Toledo, OH.  43604-1866

V:  419-245-2514

F:  419-245-2519