Maumee, Ohio has been adding as much as 150 million gallons of sewage into the Maumee River for each of the past 20 years.
H2Ohio is now open to farmers in Crawford, Erie, Huron, Marion, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby and Wyandot counties.
If realized, this will be the fourth year out of the past six that the algal bloom will be rated less than 4 on a scale of 1 (mild) to 10 (severe).
The week is being held in anticipation of the release of the NOAA and the National Center for Water Quality Research official Lake Erie algal bloom forecast.
Hoewischer said he is confident that the trends being seen in dissolved reactive phosphorus will help Ohio reach the 40% reduction goal by 2025.
The free app is available to all farmers at onmrk.com.
The letter also addressed Ohio farmers’ commitment to water quality.
After 14 meetings spanning over six months, the 590 Task Force made some minor changes to the endpoints for the four levels of phosphorus loss risk.
This is the first in a four-part series examining the conservation practices of farmers participating in the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network.
Farmers participating in the H2Ohio program must be enrolled in the OACI program by March 31, 2021.