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EPA Announces Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant to Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Study Causes of Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia

CHICAGO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $500,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission to study the causes of harmful algal blooms and low oxygen levels in Lake Erie. Click here to read the press release.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission Has Scheduled Their Next Quarterly Meeting

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has scheduled their next quarterly meeting for June 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm in Cleveland, Ohio.  A portion of the meeting will be held aboard the Lake Guardian.


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. Organizations and citizens are encouraged to attend.  Click here to read the press release.


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 March 2014 meeting.

Follow this link to continue reading the press release. 



Phosphorus Task Force
Lake Erie License Plate


Help Preserve, Protect and Restore Lake Erie

New Lake Erie plate now available!

Recent article by the Sandusky Register highlights new Ohio Lake Erie plate:

Click here to read more

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

Buying onlineVisit www.oplates.com to get your Lake Erie plate!

Click here for detailed ordering instructions.

At the BMV?  Ask for our plate!

Through the mail? Indicate your plate preference!


Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2013
Click here to view the fully approved Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2013 (LEPR 2013).

Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest 2014


Stacked ice off the coast of Marblehead (Credit: R. Sallee)

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Now Seeking Submissions for the 

2014 Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life on film – or digitally – can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2014 Life on Lake Erie photo contest.  This year's contest will feature a new category highlighting our unique winter of 2014.  

We encourage photographers to submit their favorite winter photos of Lake Erie and its ice cover. This may include icescapes, ice fishing, thawing, or activities that took place during Lake Erie’s frozen months. We continue to encourage entries depicting Lake Erie scenescapes, people, and wildlife taken throughout the year.

The Life on Lake Erie photo contest is an opportunity for amateur photographers, age 18 and older, to reveal their passion for one of Ohio’s most valuable and dynamic natural features, Lake Erie. Photographs taken between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014 in and around the Lake Erie watershed can be submitted to the OLEC through July 31, 2014.

Winning photographs will be displayed at various events and through OLEC social media. The photographs may also be used in Commission publications to promote Lake Erie.


Click here to download the 2014 contest entry form


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.