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 Applauds Funding for Clean Ohio

State Appropriates $37.5 million to The Clean Ohio Fund and Allows Issuance of New Bonds to Continue Support of the Successful Program

Today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 4 – which includes funding over the next year for The Clean Ohio Fund and opens the door for additional, future support.

The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Bill Stanley, Ohio State Director for The Nature Conservancy:

The Nature Conservancy in Ohio is delighted to see new conservation funding in Senate Bill 4, which the Governor signed today after it was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives. This bill includes a provision that appropriates $37.5 million for the Clean Ohio Conservation program and allows the state to issue up to $50 million in bonds to support future Clean Ohio spending, reaffirming the state’s commitment to conservation. It also includes important investments in new school facilities and public works across the state.”

“The Clean Ohio Fund has helped restore, protect, and connect Ohio’s natural areas and urban spaces for two decades, having invested more than $460 million to fund over 1,200 projects in communities across the state. These spaces serve as important outdoor recreation areas for the public, help protect ecologically sensitive areas, preserve family farms, and support the economy through jobs in recreation, eco-tourism, and redevelopment. Every one of Ohio’s 88 counties has benefited from The Clean Ohio Fund.”

“This investment strengthens a highly successful program, representing an unwavering  and ongoing commitment to Ohio’s natural areas at a time when so many Ohioans are deriving comfort from and seeking solace in nature. We thank the Governor and the General Assembly for acknowledging the immense value of our state’s natural resources through the passage of Senate Bill 4.”

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