Gov. DeWine Announces H2Ohio Water Quality Plan

Gov. Mike DeWine has presented specific details regarding his H2Ohio initiative, aimed at reducing harmful algal blooms, improving wastewater infrastructure, and preventing lead contamination. In a speech at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, the governor said the plan would address “the causes of Ohio’s water problems, not just the symptoms.”

Earlier this year, as part of the state budget (HB 166), lawmakers dedicated $172 million over two years for H2Ohio’s efforts. The governor’s press release says H2Ohio “will invest substantially to help farmers reduce phosphorus runoff from commercial fertilizer and manure to prevent harmful algal blooms” — focusing initially on reducing runoff into the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie. 11/14/2019