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2019 Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest Winners

Winners for the annual Life on Lake Erie photo contest were announced on Sept. 18. Click here to view the winning entries and start taking photos now to submit for next year's contest.

Did you know...? You can make a tax-deductible donation directly to the Lake Erie Protection Fund online via PayPal, by check, or through purchase of a Lake Erie license.

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.

Click here to make a donation!


Lake Erie License Plates

Help Preserve, Protect and Restore Lake Erie

Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Plate Reinstated!


Buy an Erie...Our Great Lake plate today!

Buy online at choose Logo Plate: Lake Erie License Plate

At the BMV?  Ask for one of our plates!

Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2016
Phosphorus Task Force
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

On the Calendar

Quarterly Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 10:00 a.m.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
2045 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio