State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) is encouraging citizens and local leaders of the 99th House District to attend a meeting to learn more about the Coastal Erosion Area Program (CEAP). This program, under the direction of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is designed to educate and raise awareness about coastal erosion and the negative consequences it entails for those settled along the shoreline.

“I believe that we, as elected officials, have a responsibility to keep our constituents informed of the detrimental effects that coastal erosion may have on their lives,” said Patterson. “Cities, townships, and property owners on the shore must be aware of this natural phenomenon, and I encourage them to participate in the presentation.”

The ODNR will be hosting a public hearing relating to the CEAP on Wednesday, February 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Blue and Gold Room at Kent State University-Ashtabula, 330 Lake Rd., Ashtabula 44004. The meeting is an opportunity to receive information, ask questions, and become more familiar with the program itself.

Since its enactment in 1988, the Ohio Coastal Management law has required ODNR to measure coastal erosion rates and designate Coastal Erosion Areas (CEA), which are comprised of land predicted to erode within a 30-year period. The CEA aims to raise awareness on the irreversible damage erosion can have on local economy and infrastructure, providing CEA mapping and data to support its findings.

ODNR is also required to notify home and business owners about CEA designations within their area, implementing measures to maintain awareness of properties susceptible to damage.

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