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The Ohio Lake Erie Commission Has Scheduled Their Next Quarterly Meeting

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold their next quarterly meeting Wednesday, December 17 at 10am at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, West Conference Room, Bldg. E, Assembly Center, 2045 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229.


Highlights from the June 16, 2014 Ohio Lake Erie Commission meeting aboard the U.S. EPA R/V Lake Guardian.

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The Lake Guardian will be spending two months on Lake Erie to conduct intensive monitoring and research as part of the binational Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative. If you spot the Lake Guardian, please email us your photos or tag us on our Facebook page: ohiolakeeriecommission!


Lake Erie License Plate Proceeds Fund Projects within the Watershed

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) awarded quarterly grants through Ohio's Lake Erie Protection Fund at its June 2014 meeting. These included one LEPF small grant: Euclid Creek Riparian Tree and Shrub Planting Program, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District; and one Balanced Growth grant: Best Local Land Use Practices 2014, Cleveland State University.


Lake Erie Protection Fund Quarter 4 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).

Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest 2014


Stacked ice off the coast of Marblehead (Credit: R. Sallee)

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Now Seeking Submissions for the 

2014 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) 2014 Life on Lake Erie photo contest.  This year's contest will feature a new category highlighting our unique winter of 2014.  

We encourage photographers to submit their favorite winter photos of Lake Erie and its ice cover. 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, 2013 and July 31, 2014 in and around the Lake Erie watershed can be submitted to the OLEC through July 31, 2014.

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 here to download the 2014 contest entry form


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

 Running in the Sun

Richard McBride |  Conneaut, Ohio

2013 Life on Lake Erie 

Photo Contest Entry