BGSU Firelands Awarded $15,000 by Lake Erie Protection Fund

CornellHURON, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands College was recently awarded a Lake Erie Protection Fund grant to further research which protects, reserves, and restores Lake Erie.

 Associate Professor Linda Cornell was awarded $15,000 to establish stream height to flow volume relationships in three streams in Erie County. The project will help the Firelands Coastal Tributaries Watershed Program expand the type and use of data collected through the volunteer monitoring program and to communicate watershed changes to the public and local decision makers.

The Lake Erie Protection Fund was established to help finance research and implementation of projects aimed at protecting, preserving, and restoring Lake Erie and its watershed. Recipients of grant money include universities, park districts, local governments, and nonprofits throughout Ohio. The fund is supported by Ohioans through the purchase of the “Erie…Our Great Lake” license plates, which displays the Marblehead Lighthouse, as designed by noted Lake Erie artist Ben Richmond. Fifteen dollars from the sale or renewal of each plate is invested in the Lake Erie Protection Fund grant program.

The grant was awarded during the September 15 meeting of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.  At that meeting, The Ohio State University was also awarded $15,000 for a project which will help communicate the importance of angling to Ohioans.

For information on the Lake Erie Protection Fund, please visit: http://lakeerie.ohio.gov/.