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After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.



Lynn Garrity, Ohio Lake Erie Commission, (614) 506-0619
Anthony Chenault, Ohio EPA, (614) 644-2160

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Seeking Submissions for 2019 “Life on Lake Erie” Photo Contest

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is seeking submissions for its 27th annual “Life on Lake Erie” photo contest, which invites amateur photographers to submit their favorite photos of Lake Erie and surrounding landscapes.

“Lake Erie is one of our greatest natural resources, and protecting it is a priority of my administration,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “This contest gives amateur photographers an opportunity to show off their talents while capturing the beauty of the lake.”

The contest is open to amateur photographers who are at least 18 years old and who submit original photos taken between Aug. 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019, of Ohio’s Lake Erie watershed. Entries may include photos of the lake itself or surrounding landscapes, boating, swimming, ice fishing, people, wildlife, or events around the lake, for example.

The entry form and official contest rules can be found at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s website. The deadline to enter the contest is July 31, 2019.

Winning entries will be announced at the fall meeting of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. Winning photographs may be displayed on the commission’s website, social media platforms, and publications to promote Lake Erie.

Winners of the 2017 and 2018 Lake Erie photo contest will be featured in a gallery tour coordinated by the commission and local partners to provide opportunities for the public to view the photos. The photo display will appear throughout the year at locations such as the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Maumee Bay Lodge, Great Lakes Science Center, Lake Erie Shores & Islands Tourism Center, and Ohio Statehouse.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission works to preserve Lake Erie’s natural resources, to protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and to promote economic development of the region. 


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