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Ohio Department of Natural Resources receives award for wetlands work
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ work as part of the H2Ohio Initiative earned the 2023 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award.
Awards given for dedication to water quality
The Ohio Department of Agriculture honored the Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District, Sunrise Cooperative and Ed Crawford.
OACI seeing new faces through farmer certification program
As H2Ohio rolls out, Ohioans are watching to see what kind of impact it has on the state’s water quality. To help measure that, the OACI is establishing baselines for conservation practices and ways to improve at both the farm level, and in watersheds.
Ohio watershed offers baseline for farmers’ conservation practices
The Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative offered a glimpse of exactly what conservation practices look like in the Lower Maumee watershed with an assessment survey report.
Researchers talk algae blooms, water quality programs
Researchers and leaders in both the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency discussed updates on harmful algal bloom research, and water quality programs in the state at the Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science virtual conference Sept. 8.
New bill would ban new CAFOs in Ohio’s Maumee River watershed
Two Toledo-area Democrats introduced a bill that would prohibit new concentrated animal feeding operations from being built in the Maumee River watershed unless certain water quality goals are met.
H2Ohio program expands to 10 more counties
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda announced July 6 that H2Ohio’s farmer incentive program is expanding into 10 additional counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
Ohio’s next budget to include broadband, water quality funding
The Ohio legislature agreed on the state’s next biennial budget late June 28. The final version of the budget includes funding for broadband expansion and for the H2Ohio water quality initiative for the next two years, among other things.
H2Ohio program invests $5 million in water quality
As part of the H2Ohio initiative, more than $5 million will go to 150 new projects that will contribute to better water quality in the Lake Erie watershed.
Legislators, officials make their cases on H2Ohio funding
The Ohio House significantly cut back the funding Gov. Mike DeWine proposed for H2Ohio in its version of the next budget. Now, as the Senate considers the bill, legislators will have to consider whether to go with the funding the House recommends, or make further adjustments.