July 18, 2019
COLUMBUS, OH —Today Governor Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill 166 - Ohio’s 2020–2021 operating budget bill. Audubon applauds the inclusion of the H2Ohio water quality initiative that will fund programs to ensure safe and clean water in Lake Erie and throughout Ohio.
Statement from Audubon Great Lakes Policy Director, Marnie Urso
“Audubon thanks Governor DeWine for leading the effort to invest in Ohio’s waterways. H2Ohio is an important step toward addressing the biggest threats that Lake Erie and our state’s waterways face. Healthy waters mean healthy people, fish and wildlife.
In particular, we applaud the investment of $46.2M for natural restoration programs. Wetlands can decrease flooding, are important habitat for birds and wildlife, and help to prevent nutrient run-off that contributes to algal blooms.
The H2Ohio initiative has broad bipartisan support and deserves to be fully funded beyond its initial two year allocation. Long term commitment will be necessary to address the threats that Ohio’s lakes and rivers face – from aging infrastructure to harmful algal blooms- these serious threats require a serious and consistent commitment beyond 2021.”
Marnie Urso, Policy Director, Audubon Great Lakes
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