H2Ohio Updates: Chippewa Lake & Farming Grants

Launched in 2019, the H2Ohio Initiative has invested more than $125 million in improving Ohio’s drinking water quality by reducing nutrient runoff, restoring Ohio’s wetlands, improving infrastructure, and monitoring and investing in new water technologies. As we prepare to embark upon a new year, H2Ohio is gearing up with new projects to continue the statewide efforts to clean up our waterways and improve our drinking water quality. Read on to learn about exciting new developments with the H2Ohio Initiative.

H2Ohio Project Will Protect Chippewa Lake from Algae Blooms

Chippewa Lake Wetland Restoration Project – Source: Medina County Park District

In recent years, Chippewa Lake, which is Ohio’s largest glacial lake, has seen alarming spikes in harmful algae blooms. A new partnership between the Medina County Park District and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) seeks to address the underlying cause of these blooms. By restoring more than 20 acres of wetlands within Medina County, including the site of what was once the Chippewa Amusement Park, the project will help prevent algae blooms in the lake by diverting water from the Chippewa inlet to the newly restored stream channels and wetlands. This will help slow down and filter the water as it flows toward the lake, removing excess nutrients that feed algae blooms from residential lawn treatments, agriculture, and faulty septic systems. The project aims to create a new park space as well. Funded through H2Ohio, the Chippewa Lake Wetland Restoration Project is slated to cost $1.52 million and be completed in December 2023.

Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Accepting New Applications for H2Ohio Program

Since its inception in 2019, the H2Ohio Initiative has funded more than 1,815 producers looking to improve best farming practices and implement nutrient management applications on more than a million acres to help reduce the harmful algae blooms plaguing Ohio’s waterways. Once again, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting new enrollments for producers in the original targeted area of the Maumee River Watershed, including the following counties:

WilliamsDefiance
PauldingVan Wert
MercerFulton
HenryPutnam
AllenAuglaize
LucasWood
HancockHardin

Farmers have until January 15, 2022 to submit a Voluntary Nutrient Management Plan (VNMP) to their local Soil and Water Conservation District, with new practices beginning no sooner than March 15, 2022.

Focusing on the watershed most affected by Lake Erie’s harmful algae blooms, these H2Ohio grants provide assistant to farmers that enable them to invest in agricultural interventions aimed at reducing nutrient runoff, which as been noted as one of the largest contributing factors to Ohio’s harmful algae blooms. These interventions include soil testing, run-off buffers, drainage management, conservation crop rotation, as well as new technologies that would enable farmers to inject fertilizer into the land, rather than spreading it on the surface.

Supeck Septic is Your Trusted Septic Provider

While residential lawn treatments and agricultural runoff contribute significantly to Ohio’s harmful algae blooms, failing or faulty septic systems can wreak havoc on our water supply as well. As Northeast Ohio’s most trusted septic provider, Supeck Septic is here to keep your system running as it should. Contact us today to schedule a service visit!

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