TOLEDO, OH – On December 14, 2011, the Ohio Lake Erie Commission approved the following five Lake Erie Protection Fund grant awards:
Erie County Health Department was awarded a grant in the amount of $15,000 to track Harmful Algal Blooms in the Sandusky Bay throughout 2012. Partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the health department will collect key data to be used to confirm the information provided by satellite imagery, thereby improving early warning satellite products.
Bowling Green State University was awarded $9860 to collaborate with the United States Coast Guard Ninth District for an expanded credible data collection program. Funds will be used to support the collection and analysis of winter season 2012 Lake Erie samples under guidelines of the Ohio Credible Data Program.
The University of Toledo was awarded $15,000 to analyze the relationship between recent land use alterations in the Maumee River watershed and fluctuations in the growth and abundance of yellow perch in the western basin of Lake Erie.
The City of Mentor was awarded $15,000 to conduct soil test borings and subsequently develop a conceptual site plan and preliminary cost estimate that will guide the installation of a pervious pavement/sustainable landscape system on a portion of the parking lot at the Great Lakes Mall. This project supports the Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan.
Cleveland State University was awarded $34,983 to continue the third year of a planned three-year effort in conjunction with the Ohio Water Resources Council to implement the Best Local Land Use Practices component of the Ohio Balanced Growth Program in the Lake Erie watershed.
The Lake Erie Protection Fund was established to help finance research and implementation of projects aimed at protecting, preserving, and restoring Lake Erie and its watershed. Recipients of grant money include universities, park districts, local governments, and nonprofits throughout Ohio. The fund is supported by Ohioans through the purchase of the “Erie...Our Great Lake” license plates, which displays the Marblehead Lighthouse, as designed by noted Lake Erie artist Ben Richmond. Fifteen dollars from the sale or renewal of each plate is invested in the Lake Erie Protection Fund grant program.
Citizens wishing to help fund projects that protect and restore Lake Erie and its watershed can also send a donation directly to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission office at One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor, Toledo, Ohio 43604. All donations and proceeds from the sale of the Lake Erie plate go toward funding grants.
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 Department of Natural Resources serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the Directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development, Agriculture and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
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For more information, contact:
Gail Hesse, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
419. 245. 2514