OCF’s 2014 Initiatives to Protect Ohio Water Quality and Promote Habitat Conservation Programs are central in response to recent HAB on Lake Erie.

August 2014

In light of the recent Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie’s Western Basin that prompted a drinking water ban for more than 300,000 residents of the Toledo area, OCF submitted letters to our Governor, Senators, several members of Congress, and the Directors of Ohio’s departments of Natural Resources, EPA and Agriculture.

The letters urge the recipients to do all they can to fully initiate the land use changes and conservation practices, many of which are already in place, to help protect the ecosystem and drinking water from further degradation.  Specifically, the letter focuses attention on the value of collaborations between government agencies, conservation organizations, and landowners and more fully funding the Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.

The full text of the letter sent to Governor Kasich can be viewed by clicking here.