SANDUSKY, OH - The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) is accepting nominations for the 2012 Ohio Lake Erie Award, which will recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to enhance Ohio's Great Lake.
OLEC annually honors one person and one organization that have worked to protect and restore Lake Erie and its watershed. Nominating a person or organization for the award gives special recognition to people who work to improve the lake's watershed and support the goals of the Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Plan.
Nomination forms are available online at www.lakeerie.ohio.gov
or by calling OLEC's office at 419-621-2040.
All nominees must comply with established award criteria. Elected officials and state employees are not eligible. A nomination should represent efforts in Ohio performed by Ohioans.
Nomination forms must be completed and returned to the OLEC office by 4 p.m. on Aug. 15. Winners will be announced at OLEC's annual meeting on Sept. 19 at the Liberty Aviation Museum, located at 3515 E. State Road, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452.
OLEC was created to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, enhance its water quality and promote economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development, Agriculture and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.