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Lake Erie coastline targeted for cleanupArticle published
Toledo Blade
Published Saturday, August 21, 2004


An annual monthlong celebration of Lake Erie, featuring 50 shoreline activities, lectures, and cleanups, begins today with a hike at the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve in Mentor, Ohio.
Collectively listed under the umbrella of an annual observance called Coastweeks, a third of the events are within an hour's drive of Toledo. They include a tour of the historic glacial grooves on Kelleys Island on Aug. 29 and a sandcastle-building competition at East Harbor State Park on Sept. 4.

Cleanups scheduled for Lake Erie's western basin include the Eighth Annual Maumee Watershed Clean Your Stream Day beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 11 along area streams; a Maumee Bay State Park cleanup at 10 a.m. Sept. 18, at the park's nature center; an Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge cleanup at 9 a.m. Sept. 18 at the north end of Yondota Road in Curtice, Ohio, and at a Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve cleanup at 8 a.m. Sept. 18.

A complete list with dates and times can be viewed at http://www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo/cw/events04.html.

Coastweeks is Ohio's contribution to a national observance of America's shorelines.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commssion, a board comprised of department heads from various state agencies, co-sponsors the Ohio events.


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