FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2003
MAGEE MARSH VOLUNTEER GROUP AND A TOLEDO
CONSERVATIONIST RECEIVE THE 2003 LAKE ERIE AWARDS
TOLEDO, OH -- Maumee River conservationist Susan Horvath of Toledo and the
Friends of Magee Marsh volunteer group have been named recipients of the
2003 Lake Erie Awards, according to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.
The annual awards recognize one Ohio citizen and one organization for
their commitment to the preservation and enhancement of Lake Erie and its
"These award recipients have contributed significantly to the restoration
of Lake Erie and its tributaries," said Governor Bob Taft. "We commend
their efforts in advancing the goals set forth in the Ohio Lake Erie
Protection & Restoration Plan."
Horvath was nominated for the award by staff of the Ohio Environmental
Protection Agency for her work in improving northwest Ohio streams - an
ultimate benefit to Lake Erie. She joined the League of Women Voters in
the early 1980s and became active in their Natural Resources Committee. As
committee chairperson, she attended the first public meeting for the
Maumee Remedial Action Plan and has been an active member ever since. She
championed the effort to identify and remediate excessive landfills along
the Ottawa River. Along with friend June Brown, Horvath became known as
"the voice of the Ottawa River." She successfully advocated for monitoring
wells on these landfills after they were capped in the late 1990s.
Established in 1997, the Friends of Magee Marsh is a non-profit group of
about 125 volunteers who support Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area, Crane
Creek Wildlife Research Station and the Sportsmen's Migratory Bird Center
in Ottawa County. The group works to enhance wetland habitat and improve
conditions for people and wildlife along the western Lake Erie coastline.
Each year, the friends participate in Adopt-A-Waterway projects, Ohio's
annual Coastweeks celebration and local beach clean-ups. They have
purchased a weather station for the marsh, constructed observation areas
and are in the process of completing a photo blind.
They also fund interpretive displays and educate visitors on birds that
migrate through the marsh.
Established in 1995, the Lake Erie Awards honor those citizens and
organizations that have worked diligently to enhance Ohio's Great Lake. In
the years since, eight individuals and organizations have been recognized
for their stewardship of this important natural resource. Nominating a
person or organization for the award is a way of providing special
appreciation to those who work to support the goals of the Lake Erie
Protection & Restoration Fund.
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission, based in Toledo, is comprised of the
directors of the Ohio departments of transportation, development, health,
agriculture, environmental protection and natural resources. The
commission was created to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, enhance
its water quality and promote economic development in the region.
For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at Ohiodnr.com
For Further Information Contact:
Jill Woodyard, Ohio Lake Eerie Commission
Andy Ware, ODNR Media Relations
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