Ohio agencies launch Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative

Three state agencies have jointly launched the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative, a program geared to improve water quality and reduce harmful algal blooms across Ohio, with emphasis in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) developed this initiative based on the findings of the Agricultural Nutrients and Water Quality Working Group report released in March.

The report includes recommendations for the implementation of a 4R Nutrient Stewardship program, which promotes using the Right fertilizer source, at the Right rate, at the Right time, with the Right placement.

Other areas of focus includes continued research into nutrient management with an emphasis on dissolved reactive phosphorus, and communications and education efforts with farmers and other interested parties on agricultural nutrient management and the benefit of cover crops, controlled drainage structures and variable rate technology.

The initiative includes the development of a website for education and outreach that highlights best stewardship practices and production techniques to help improve Ohio’s waterways.

As part of a joint press conference between the three agencies, the directors of each spoke about the initiative. Listen to clips of each of them in the links below.

-ODA Director Dave Daniels encourages farmers to join the 4Rs stewardship model.

-ODNR Director Jim Zehringer talks about leveraging money from the Healthy Lake Erie Fund. 

-OEPA Director Scott Nally talks about the development of partnerships and the role of the OEPA 



Visit the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative website 

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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