The Ohio Lake Erie Commission presented the 2011 Ohio Lake Erie Award to The University of Toledo Lake Erie Center in recognition of its stewardship and preservation of the lake.Dr. Carol Stepien, UT professor of ecology and director of the Lake Erie Center, accepted the award Sept. 15 from Scott Zody, interim director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and chair of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.
“The award is a huge honor for the UT Lake Erie Center and is a tribute to all the hard work of every person involved,” Stepien said.
“I could not have done this alone. I am very grateful for the staff, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, community, and local, state and federal agencies who all collaborated together for the common goal of restoring Lake Erie.”
The Ohio Lake Erie Award is presented each year to an organization that has made exceptional contributions to enhance Ohio’s Great Lake.
The Lake Erie Center, located in the northwest corner of Maumee Bay State Park, is a research and education center focused on environmental problems in the Great Lakes freshwater ecosystem.