The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, Put-in-Bay.
The meeting discussion will focus on strategic planning for the Commission, continuing progress with the Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Strategy and roll-out of the Western Lake Erie Basin Collaborative Plan.
OLEC oversees Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund, a grant program for projects that benefit the Lake Erie watershed economically and environmentally. This fund is supported by Ohioans who purchase Lake Erie license plates displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse, Toledo Harbor Lighthouse or the Lake Erie preserver and other donations.
All OLEC meetings are open to the public and include reports from the member state agencies and advisory committees, followed by a public comment period.
OLEC was established to preserve Lake Erie’s natural resources, protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem and promote economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) serves as the commission’s chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources and four additional members appointed by Governor John Kasich.