Over $250,000 will be invested in Lake Erie access and water quality.
For the 2015 fiscal year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has set several goals for improving Lake Erie. These goals include improving education of marina owners and boaters in proper conservation methods, improving storm water control, and increasing the quality of beachfront water.
“Coastal Management Assistance Grants allow groups to undertake projects that improve water quality, habitat, and increase understanding regarding the health of Ohio’s coastal resources,” said Scudder Mackey, chief of the ODNR Office of Coastal Management.
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The Office of Coastal Management works to achieve a balance between the use and conservation of Lake Erie.
Three different groups received grant money from the Office of Coastal Management this year. Those groups include Chagrin River Watershed Partners Inc., Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, and the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. All in all, these groups will use the grant money to make improvements in over 35 counties located within the Lake Erie watershed.
Proposed projects include the continuation of several education, awareness, recycling, and maintenance campaigns that will help Lake Erie to become a healthier and more vibrant natural area. This is great news for anyone who enjoys any of the recreational activities that the lake offers, especially fishing.
For more detailed information on all of the projects that will be completed with help from the grant money, go here.
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