For Immediate Release
February 5, 2020

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Releases 2020 Draft Plan to Protect Lake Erie

Sandusky -- The Ohio Lake Erie Commission released its draft Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2020 (LEPR) for public comment. 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. 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 that address current and emerging issues in the Ohio Lake Erie basin. The plan features a variety of topics affecting Lake Erie, including nonpoint source pollution, invasive species, and tourism. Goals, strategic objectives, and general activities to support each priority area are identified to meet restoration and protection goals for Lake Erie. Future steps are identified to further develop measures and reporting of progress. 

The Commission will host one public meeting and webinar to present the plan and solicit public comment on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4-6 p.m. Interested persons can join the meeting live at the Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, or join online at https://ohioepa.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=ohioepa&service=6. For more information and additional meeting details, visit the Commission’s website: http://lakeerie.ohio.gov. The public comment period will close Friday, Feb. 28. Comments may be submitted at the public meeting, through the webinar, or by submitting them to the Commission at lakeeriecommission@lakeerie.ohio.gov

OLEC was established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem and promote 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, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

 

For more information, contact:
Heidi Griesmer, Ohio EPA
(614) 644-2160

Lynn Garrity, OLEC
(614) 506-0619

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