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State to Invest Nearly $10 Million to Help Protect Lake Erie: ODNR and Ohio EPA partner with Ohio communities on projects that create beneficial use options for dredge material (Via Ohio EPA)

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and Ohio EPA recently received approval from the State Controlling Board to begin funding nearly $10 million in projects aimed toward helping to keep dredged material out of Lake Erie. These projects are part of Ohio’s “Healthy Lake Erie Fund” efforts and will be managed by local officials and sponsors from Toledo, Lorain and Conneaut, the communities where these monies are being invested. These projects represent a portion of a Ohio’s dredged material management program developed jointly by the Ohio EPA, ODNR, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with input from local stakeholders.

“Lake Erie is Ohio’s greatest natural resource and ensuring its health is vital for the continued success of the communities, businesses and families that depend on it,” said ODNR Director Jim Zehringer. “These projects represent a shared commitment between federal, state and local partners in helping to protect this great lake for generations.” more.