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 more than 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.
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The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and our Lake Erie Protection Fund Grants Committee will be holding a meeting to review the current grant cycle on Wednesday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m., at The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, 352 West Dodridge Street, Columbus.
The next Ohio Lake Erie Commission quarterly meeting will be held Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. - noon. Location will be TBD in Cleveland, Ohio.
Help Preserve, Protect and Restore Lake Erie
New: Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Plate Reinstated!
Article by the Sandusky Register highlights Lake Erie Life Ring plate:
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Buy an Erie...Our Great Lake plate today!
Buy online at www.oplates.com: choose Logo Plate: Lake Erie License Plate
At the BMV? Ask for one of our plates!
Click here to view the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2016.
Click here to see the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force II Final Report 2013.
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.
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Lake Erie Protection Fund
Grant Cycle Review
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10 a.m.