Gov. Mike DeWine's H2Ohio Initiative
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently unveiled the details of H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data driven water quality plan to address concerning water issues that affect our state. This initiative is an investment into targeted solutions to help reduce nutrient runoff and prevent Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) through applications of sustainable agricultural practices and the creation of additional wetlands. The initiative also aims to improve wastewater infrastructure by replacing failing septic systems and prevent lead contamination in day care centers and schools by replacing lead pipes.
As soon as Spring 2020, farmers near the Maumee River will be able to enroll in an economically incentivized program created by H2Ohio which has identified the 10 most effective and cost-efficient practices proven to reduce agricultural nutrient runoff load. This solution aims to minimize phosphorus-rich nutrients from running off into major bodies of water. Minimizing phosphorous input would in time lead to a reduction in the overall quantity and severity of HABs, which has been the topic of many of our funded researcher projects. We, at the Ohio Water Resources Center, are excited for the awareness raised regarding these issues and are hopeful that the H2Ohio Initiative will prove to be a great success in regards to mitigating the severity of HABs issues in Ohio.
For more information on the H2Ohio Initiative, click here