Article Posted: July 19, 2004

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Deadline for submitting nomination forms is August 6

TOLEDO, OH - Nominations are currently being sought for the 2004 Lake Erie
Awards, which recognizes individuals and organizations from Ohio that have
shown exceptional dedication to preserving Lake Erie as the state's premier
natural resource. Nominations must be submitted by August 6 to the Ohio Lake
Erie Commission.
Each year, the commission honors one person and one organization that have
worked to protect and restore Lake Erie and its watershed.
Nine individuals and nine organizations have been recognized for their
stewardship of Lake Erie since the commission established the awards program
in 1995. Nominating a person or organization for this award shows special
appreciation for those who work to improve Lake Erie and support the goals
of the Lake Erie Protection Fund.
Nomination forms for this year's awards are available by calling
419-245-2514 or from the commission's web site at
. All nomination forms must be completed
and returned by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 6, to be eligible for
consideration. Winners will be announced during the 2004 Coastweeks
observance, August 21 to September 19. The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is
comprised of the directors of the Ohio departments of the environmental
protection agency, natural resources, transportation, development, health
and agriculture. It was established for the purpose of preserving Lake
Erie's natural resources, protecting the quality of its waters and
ecosystem, and promoting economic development of the region.
The commission oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF). During
the last 12 years, the commission has raised more than $8 million through
the sale of Lake Erie license plates. This money is used to fund LEPF grants
that focus on improving the quality of Lake Erie and to furthering the goals
laid out in the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan.

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