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Future of Lake Erie Watershed reviewed
Port Clinton News Herald

Citizens concerned with the future of the Lake Erie Watershed can voice their opinions at a series of informational open houses in January and February on the Balanced Growth Initiative of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.

A task force was formed in 2001 to study linkages between land use and water quality in the Lake Erie Watershed and the impacts that growth will ultimately have on the lake. The panel was asked to recommend ways that state and local communities could better promote sustainable development. Draft plans developed by the task force are now ready.

Drafts of "Linking Land Use and Lake Erie: A Planning Framework for Achieving Balanced Growth in the Ohio Watershed" and "Best Local Land Use Practices" will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Huntington Reservation, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village. Similar meetings are scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3 at the OLEC Office, 1 Maritime Plaza, Toledo and 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Blue and Gold Room of the Kent State University Branch Campus, 3325 W. 13th St., Ashtabula.

Attendees can submit comments orally or in writing at the informational meetings. Comments can also e submitted by e-mail at or by surface mail to the OLEC, 1 Maritime Plaza, Toledo, Ohio 43604. Comments will be accepted through Feb. 18, 2004. The draft documents are available at the OLEC Web site at

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