Awards given for dedication to water quality

Ed Crawford
The H2Ohio Lifetime Conservation Advocate Award went to Ed Crawford for exemplary leadership and support to water quality. (Submitted photo)

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture showed its appreciation for exceptional leadership and commitment to conservation by honoring the Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District, Sunrise Cooperative and Ed Crawford, of the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service. 

The awards were presented by ODA Director Brian Baldridge at the 2023 Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Partnership Meeting Feb. 21.

The H2Ohio Lifetime Conservation Advocate Award recognizes those who exhibit exceptional leadership and commitment to water quality through H2Ohio. Recipients of this award are devoted stewards of water quality improvement and conservation who demonstrate innovation, partnership, enthusiasm and a “get it done” attitude. 

The recipients were chosen from three categories: agricultural retailers, soil and water conservation districts and conservation-minded individuals. 

This recognition supports the state’s H2Ohio Initiative, a comprehensive, data-driven approach to improving water quality over the long term, involving ODA, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Lake Erie Commission. 

H2Ohio focuses on encouraging agricultural best management practices, restoring wetlands and improving water infrastructure to reduce nutrients that contribute to harmful algal blooms.

Sunrise Cooperative
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Brian Baldridge presents the H2Ohio Lifetime Conservation Advocate Award to Sunrise Cooperative for being an outstanding agricultural industry H2Ohio partner. (Submitted photo)


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