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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A new H2Ohio wetland project will help prevent harmful algal blooms on Buckeye Lake.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a new proposal for the next executive budget for the state Feb. 1, including a $1 billion Investing in Ohio Initiative aimed at helping Ohio’s economy recover from the impact of the pandemic, and investments in H2Ohio, broadband, nutrition and food access and farmland preservation.