The preserve’s marshes are part of the West Harbor Basin, a long, narrow pool of Lake Erie backwater that geologists believe was once the channel of the Portage River.
Great Egret Marsh Preserve The preserve’s marshes are part of the West Harbor Basin, a long, narrow pool of Lake Erie backwater that geologists believe was once the channel of the Portage River. © TNC

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The Nature Conservancy Supports Senate Bill 2

Passage Will Help Improve Ohio’s Water Quality

Statement from The Nature Conservancy

Yesterday the Senate passed Senate Bill 2, which leaders of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) say is a positive step to improve water quality in Ohio.

“This legislation is essential in the ongoing efforts to address the serious water quality problems affecting lakes and rivers across the state,” said Bill Stanley, state director of Ohio for TNC.

Stanley said TNC has worked closely with the Senate as this bill developed and encourages the integration of science-based solutions into policy.

“We were especially encouraged by the pilot program to determine best practices for nutrient management and the authority for the state to compile and aggregate on-farm information confidentially,” Stanley said. “The lessons learned from the pilot program and the aggregated data will be especially helpful to direct and improve efforts as we work toward Ohio’s commitment to reducing phosphorus discharges in the western Lake Erie basin by 40 percent by 2020.”

“The Nature Conservancy applauds the efforts of the Senate and urges the House to take up this important legislation,” he said.

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