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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 10 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, West Conference Room, Bldg. E, Assembly Center, 2045 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229.

December 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda


Ohio Lake Erie Commission Selects Winners for the 2014 Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest
Four diverse photographs won the judges compliments as the overall favorites in the 2014 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Each photographer was recognized, along with seven other winning photos by the members of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission at their September 25 meeting at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor. This year’s photo contest winners are from all along the Lake Erie shoreline from Toledo to Conneaut. The winning photos can be found by following the link to the photo contest here.  Read the press release by following the link here.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) sponsors the contest annually and encourages amateur photographers to reveal their passion for one of Ohio’s most valuable and dynamic natural features, Lake Erie. A new category was added to celebrate the unique winter of 2014.

Dr. R. Peter Richards and the City of Lorain Receive Ohio Lake Erie Awards

Dr. R. Peter Richards and the city of Lorain are the recipients of the 2014 Ohio Lake Erie Awards presented by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC). OLEC honors one person and one organization each year that have worked to protect and restore Lake Erie and its watershed. Since 1995, 19 individuals and organizations have been recognized for their stewardship.  “These award recipients have shown a great commitment to protecting and promoting Lake Erie and its watershed,” said Gail Hesse, executive director of OLEC. “We commend their efforts.”

Read full press release here

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

Click here to see photos

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 September 2014 meeting. These included two LEPF small grants: Dredged Material for Stormwater Management, Kent State University; and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in Maumee Bay, Bowling Green State University.


Lake Erie Protection Fund Quarter 1 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