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Legislation passed to keep Asian Carp ou…

20-12-2014 Hits:159 Ottawa Outdoors  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Legislation passed to keep Asian Carp out of Great Lakes

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) cosponsored legislation to help keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The Guarding Our Great Lakes Act would prescribe collaboration between the Great Lakes...

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Terra State celebrates fall nursing grad…

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Terra State celebrates fall nursing graduates with pinning ceremony

  The nursing graduates hold their Nightingale Lamps while nursing director Sue Kajfasz, background, recites the pledge Sixteen recent graduates of the Terra State Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program received their...

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Judge Winters informs community on Sober…

19-12-2014 Hits:220 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Judge Winters informs community on Sober Living Facility

The Ida Rupp Public Library Conference Room was packed Thursday night for a meeting with Judge Bruce Winters and Mayor Vince Leone concerning the placement of a Sober Living Facility...

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Gardner earns Public Servant Award as Lake Erie champion

Senator Gardner during the bicentennial celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie in 2013.

Ohio's leading environmental group has honored Senator Randy Gardner with its 2014 Public Servant of the Year Award, citing his work as Lake Erie's most effective legislative advocate.

Gardner, who represents five counties in northern Ohio, received the award Saturday in Columbus at the Ohio Environmental Council's annual awards dinner.

"We are pleased to recognize Senator Gardner as a true Lake Erie champion and effective legislator on many issues important to the conservation of Ohio's natural resources," said Jack Shaner, OEC deputy director.  

The OEC highlighted Gardner's numerous efforts, including establishing the Healthy Lake Erie Fund, Ohio's first-ever state fund to reduce the disposal of dredge materials in the lake, and for serving as co-chairman the Lake Erie Legislative Caucus.

While progress has been made, Gardner said there remains much work ahead to clean up Lake Erie.

"There is no issue more important to our region than a healthy Lake Erie," Senator Gardner said.  "Hundreds of small businesses, tens of thousands of jobs and ensuring safe drinking water for our communities are all at stake.  Fighting for the lake is necessary and just the right thing to do."

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Lake Erie license plate proceeds fund two new projects

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) awarded two quarterly grants through Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund at its September meeting in Oak Harbor.

The fund was established to help finance research and projects aimed at protecting, preserving and restoring Lake Erie and its watershed. The fund is supported by tax-deductible donations and by purchasing Ohio license plates displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse or the Lake Erie life preserver.

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USDA invests new conservation funds to improve Lake Erie water quality

 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. The Secretary said USDA is also partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to expand "boots-on-the-ground" capacity in the area and will be contributing an additional $1 million in technical assistance which will in turn be leveraged by the NFWF along with other public and private entities. Earlier this month, water service in Toledo, Ohio was disrupted by algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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