A Plan for Ohio’s Watersheds

60,000

Existing Miles of
Rivers & Streams

430,000

Existing Acres of
Wetland Areas

125,000

Existing Lakes,
Reservoirs & Ponds

About H2OHIO

A collaborative approach to the issues facing Ohio’s water.

H2Ohio is Governor Mike DeWine’s initiative to ensure safe and clean water for all Ohioans. It is a comprehensive, data-driven approach to improving water quality over the long term. H2Ohio focuses specifically on reducing phosphorus, creating wetlands, addressing failing septic systems, and preventing lead contamination.

In July 2019, the Ohio General Assembly invested $172 million in this plan, which has led the way for Ohio’s top water quality and conservation experts to conduct studies and explore all angles of a statewide, multi-faceted approach to clean water.

H2Ohio was created through unprecedented collaboration, using strategies that are long-term, sustainable, cost-effective, and permanent. The Governor, his team, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Lake Erie Commission, and many interested parties, including the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI), and our partners in conservation have worked together to invest in projects across Ohio that will reduce nutrients and provide long-term economic and water quality benefits to communities statewide.

 

H2Ohio Announcement, November 14, 2019

“As a state, we are committed to helping farmers adopt the practices that can make a real difference. We will invest in creating more wetlands. And, we will help communities improve their water systems and remove decrepit septic systems.”

Mike DeWine

Governor

About H2Ohio

H2Ohio is Governor Mike DeWine’s comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination.

The Importance of Partnership

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency each has a significant role in H2Ohio through the creation of wetlands, the reduction in phosphorus runoff, and access to clean drinking water and quality sewer systems.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio Department of Agriculture

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

What’s Happening

Latest Developments

H2Ohio Forges Ahead with Sixth Wetland Project of 2020

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio –As a part of Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with the Crawford Park District, is transforming frequently flooded farmland into nutrient-reducing wetland. “Clean water...

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H2Ohio TAP Issues Request for Technologies

Today, Ohio EPA issued a request for technologies for the H2Ohio Technology Assessment Program (TAP) to identify technologies that may help address harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie.  H2Ohio TAP was created at the Sept. 2020 Ohio Lake Erie Commission meeting to...

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New H2Ohio Incentive Program Helps Improve Water Quality

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As part of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering a new incentive program to encourage farmers to aid in conservation and improve water quality. ODNR will be accepting applications...

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