$182,000 to fund coastal projects along Lake Erie

Lake Erie’s coastal region will benefit from five educational and environmental projects

ERIE, Oct. 19 – Lake Erie’s coastal region will benefit from five educational and environmental projects thanks to more than $182,000 in state grants, state Reps. Patrick Harkins and Ryan Bizzarro announced today.

The grants support a variety of initiatives including research, public education programs, coastal restoration and shoreline stabilization projects.

“Lake Erie is an important resource to our region, providing economic, recreational and cultural opportunities along its entire shoreline,” Harkins said. “I applaud the state’s investment in these projects which will help ensure that it remains that way for future generations to explore and enjoy.”

“This is great news for Erie County,” Bizzarro said. “These grants will allow for continued investment in the environmental, economic and community resources in the coastal region, which in turn benefits everyone who lives in Erie County.”

The grants, awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, include:

  • $70,000 to Erie County for coastal zone projects.

  • $49,834 to the Regional Science Consortium to study the impacts of harmful algal blooms on wild and domestic animal populations.

  • $41,572 to the Erie Times-News for newspaper in education publications focusing on coastal zone environmental issues.

  • $11,915 to Gannon University to conduct the Regional Summer School of Excellence.

  • $9,000 to coastal communities administering the Bluff Recession and Setback Act of 1980.

The 77-mile Lake Erie coastal area is in Erie County and includes the Lake Erie shoreline and several major tributaries. It also extends to the middle of the lake, to the international boundary with Canada, and inland an average of 1.4 miles.