For Immediate Release
December 4, 2018

Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold December Meeting at Ohio EPA in Columbus

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at Ohio EPA Central Office, 50 West Town St. Suite 700, Columbus.

During the meeting, the commission will hear from Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water staff about Western Lake Erie Basin water quality targets. The commission will honor former OLEC Executive Director Karl Gebhardt. There will also be various updates from OLEC staff about projects and programs going on in and around Lake Erie.  

OLEC oversees Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund, a grant program for projects that benefit the Lake Erie watershed economically and environmentally. This fund is supported by Ohioans who purchase a Lake Erie license plate displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse, Toledo Harbor Lighthouse or the Lake Erie preserver and other donations.

All OLEC meetings are open to the public and include reports from the member state agencies and advisory committees, followed by a public comment period. Organizations and citizens are encouraged to attend.

OLEC 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 five additional members appointed by Governor John Kasich.

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For more information, contact:
Sandra Kosek-Sills, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 357-2775

Dina Pierce, Ohio EPA
(614) 644-2160

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