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Did you know...? You can make a tax-deductible donation directly to the Lake Erie Protection Fund online via PayPal, by check, or through purchase of a Lake Erie license plate.

Your donation to the Lake Erie Protection Fund protects and restores Ohio's Great Lake by supporting important research and on-the-ground grant projects. More than $12 million has been distributed to over 365 projects since 1993. 

Projects have focused on an array of issues critical to the effective management of Lake Erie: including, water quality protection, fisheries management, wetlands restoration, watershed planning, invasive species, algae bloom research, Lake Erie ecological shifts, and environmental measurements.

Click this link to make a donation!

 

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Now Seeking Submissions for the 

2015 Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life on film – or digitally – can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2015 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. 

We encourage photographers to submit their favorite winter photos of Lake Erie. This may include icescapes, ice fishing, thawing, or activities that took place during Lake Erie’s frozen months. We continue to encourage entries depicting Lake Erie scenescapes, people, and wildlife taken throughout the year.

The Life on Lake Erie photo contest is an opportunity for amateur photographers, age 18 and older, to reveal their passion for one of Ohio’s most valuable and dynamic natural features, Lake Erie. Photographs taken between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015 in and around the Lake Erie watershed can be submitted to the OLEC through July 31, 2015.

Winning photographs will be displayed at various events and through OLEC social media. The photographs may also be used in Commission publications to promote Lake Erie.

 

Click the link to download the 2015 Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest form

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The Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold Next Quarterly Meeting at the National Museum of the Great Lakes

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold their next quarterly meeting in September at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. The meeting date is October 7, 2015.


Lake Erie License Plate Proceeds Fund Projects within the Watershed

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) awarded three quarterly grants through Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund at the commission’s March meeting in Columbus. Grants were awarded to: Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc., Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

 

Lake Erie Protection Fund Quarter 3 Grants News Release

 

 

Lake Erie License Plates

 

Help Preserve, Protect and Restore Lake Erie

New Lake Erie plate now available!

Article by the Sandusky Register highlights new Ohio Lake Erie plate:

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Buy an Erie...Our Great Lake plate today!

Buying online or renewing through the mail? Click here for detailed ordering instructions.

At the BMV?  Ask for one of our plates!


 

Phosphorus Task Force
Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2013
Click here to view the fully approved Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2013 (LEPR 2013).


About the Lake Erie Commission

The role of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) is to preserve Lake Erie’s natural resources, to protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and to promote economic development of the region by ensuring the coordination of policies and programs of state government pertaining to water quality, toxic substances, and coastal resource management. The Commission also oversees the management of the Lake Erie Protection Fund. Authority for the Commission is contained in ORC Sections 1506.21-1506.24.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission staff advises the Governor and the Commission on the development, implementation, and coordination of Lake Erie programs and policies; provides representation of the interests of Ohio in regional, national, and international forums pertaining to the resources of the Great Lakes; assists in the implementation of the Coastal Zone Management Program and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; facilitates compliance with the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the Great Lakes Toxic Substances Control Agreement; and manages the distribution of money from the Lake Erie Protection Fund.

For more information about the commission and its members click here