Raise a glass to toast your favorite green restaurant! Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2013 People's Choice Nature's Plate Awards. Together we can celebrate the restaurants doing their part for nature -
and your taste buds!

A Taste of Conservation

It's hard to always know where your food comes from and, harder still, to know what type of effect it may have on the places you love. But, the fact is, you influence the quality of the lands and waters you care about each time you dish up.

Get a taste of conservation as you explore the ways three top Ohio chefs are working hard to ensure that what goes into your mouth is easy on the environment.

Sustainability Deserves 5 Stars

© Nick Hall

From the oysters on your plate to the water in your glass, nature nourishes our bodies. You're invited to make a difference this fall by nominating your favorite green restaurant for a Nature's Plate 2013 People's Choice Award.

Get started now!

Cultivating Clean Water

Protecting Fresh Water from Fertilizers

Big Darby Creek © Harold E. Malde

If we're not careful, food production can affect our water supplies. In Ohio and beyond, nutrients from fertilizers have been clogging our waterways, leading to fish kills and polluting drinking water sources.

The Nature Conservancy has been working on the ground with partners in our state to stop this pollution at its source. In heavily farmed areas like the Maumee River Basin, we’re helping farmers develop water-friendly agricultural drainage systems. Along other major tributaries to Lake Erie and the Ohio River, the Conservancy is conserving and restoring nutrient-absorbing wetlands and forests.

"And in the headwaters of Big Darby Creek, we're restoring the Darby's natural flow and reconnecting the stream to its floodplain, which will help the river naturally remove excess nutrients," said Conservancy manager Anthony Sasson.

Learn more.

Hooked on Habitat

Sportfishing Success Depends on Healthy Lake

Reeling in a catch on Lake Eerie. © Eric Albrecht.

The Nature Conservancy knows how important Lake Erie is to sportsfishermen like Paul Pacholski. "The western basin is important because it is so biologically rich," he said. "Its average depth is 24 feet, so you have warm, nutrient-rich water that holds an incredible food base. The larger the food base, the more top predators we have."

In Ohio and throughout the Great Lakes, the Conservancy is working on habitat protection and public policy initiatives, especially focused on two important tributaries - the Maumee and the Grand Rivers. Our conservation efforts include protecting and restoring wetland and floodplain habitat, tracking the spread of Asian carp and reducing polluted runoff. Learn more.


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