About the 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.

Commission Members

Craig W. Butler, Director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ~ Commission Chair

Jerry Wray, Director, Ohio Department of Transportation ~ Commission Secretary

James Zehringer, Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

David Goodman, Director, Ohio Development Services Agency

Lance Himes,  Director, Ohio Department of Health

Tim Derickson, Interim Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture

J. Kevin Cogan, Chief Legal Counsel and Ethics Officer, Ohio BWC

Harry L. Allen, Jr., Chairman, Great Lakes Power Products Inc.

Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Interim Dean, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Toledo

Bill Wolf, The Andersons, Retired

Jim Stouffer, President and CEO, Catawba Cleveland Development

Richard Hylant, Ex-Officio, President, Hylant