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To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946



 

For Immediate Release
April 23, 2020

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Releases 2020 Plan to Protect Lake Erie

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission approved its 2020 Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan  (LEPR) at its April quarterly meeting. The LEPR, last published in 2016, reflects actions that the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and its member agencies will take over the next several years to protect, preserve and restore our Great Lake and promote economic development for the region. The state’s actions complement federal and local partners’ initiatives in the Lake Erie basin and across the region. 

The plan is organized into nine priority areas, addressing current and emerging issues in the Ohio Lake Erie basin. Included in the plan are initiatives focusing on nonpoint source pollution, invasive species, and dredge material management. The Plan identifies goals and strategic objectives that will guide priorities for the Lake Erie Protection Fund and establishes a framework for next steps to report progress in the coming years (including updating the Lake Erie Quality Index).  

The 2020 LEPR Plan is available on the Ohio Lake Erie Commission website at  lakeerie.ohio.gov/LEPR.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission 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 director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and seven additional members of the public appointed by the governor. For further information on the Commission and supporting the Lake Erie Protection Fund, please visit the Commission website at lakeerie.ohio.gov.

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For more information, contact:
Lynn Garrity, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(614) 506-0619

 
 800-282-9378