While the H2Ohio funds have specifically been earmarked for seven counties within the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie Tributaries, statewide assistance for tackling failing septic systems is also available through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF).
Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio clean water initiative has entered its pilot phase, aimed at reducing agricultural fertilizer and phosphorus runoff [link to farming grants blog], restructuring and creating wetlands, and addressing failing septic systems. Noted as having the most significant impact on Ohio’s water quality, these three areas will be H2Ohio’s focus for the remainder of this year.
For the past twenty years, Ohio has been dealing with a growing water contamination problem caused by algae blooms, leading to the creation of the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorous Task Force in 2007 and culminating in the Toledo Water Crisis of 2014. Since then, the state has taken a serious look at what is causing the algae blooms plaguing our water supply and have found agricultural runoff to be the biggest contributing factor.