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H2Ohio

H2Ohio: Governor Mike DeWine’s comprehensive, data-driven approach to improving water quality over the long term.

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, and the Lake Erie Commission 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.

Why wetlands?

Research has proven that wetlands can be one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to significantly improve water quality by preventing the flow of excess nutrients into our waterways and lakes where they provide fuel for algal blooms.

Measuring Success: H2Ohio Wetland Monitoring Program

H2Ohio has enlisted the Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network (LEARN) to partner with ODNR on the H2Ohio Initiative’s wetland monitoring plan. The Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network (LEARN) is a group of field stations, scientific laboratories and diverse researchers within Ohio working together to promote collaborative research, education and networking to address the challenges and opportunities facing Ohio’s freshwater resources. The group will assess the effectiveness and future role of implemented and planned wetland restoration projects under the H2Ohio Initiative.