CONSERVATION PRIORITIES IN OHIO
The Nature Conservancy in Ohio focuses on three urgent policy issues that affect the lives of all Ohioans. We seek to apply the best available science to solve our freshwater problems, form new partnerships to promote clean energy development, and educate elected officials about the huge return from public investments in nature. We are nonpartisan and will work with elected officials and policy makers who share our vision of a world where nature is conserved for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
SECURE FRESH WATER
The Conservancy believes that the integration of natural solutions, as well as the acceleration of agriculture best management practices, can help realize significant improvements in terms of Ohio’s water quality. We have proposed the creation of an Ohio Water Trust, a statewide collaboration among private and public entities to improve water quality by reducing and removing excess nutrients before they pose a threat to public water supplies. This program would improve drinking water quality while making our waters more swimmable and fishable, and improving recreation, tourism, habitat, and the quality of life for all Ohioans. Among other things, it would contribute to the state’s goal of reducing phosphorus loading in Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025.
PROMOTE CLEAN ENERGY
America now has the challenge and the opportunity to reinvent how we generate, transport and use our electric power. We can meet the growing and changing needs of Americans while acting to ensure a prosperous, clean and secure energy future.
The Conservancy sees unprecedented opportunities to advance clean energy at the federal and state levels. Clean energy can cost effectively address climate change, reduce health risks to people and create a more reliable energy sector. We support the development of flexible and meaningful state plans to implement the federal Clean Power Plan. In Ohio, the Conservancy also opposes efforts to weaken the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy portfolio standards.
INVEST IN NATURE
Federal and state investments in nature bring big returns. They help America sustain healthy lands and waters that support thriving, resilient communities and dynamic economies. Investments in nature are also investments in clean water and clean air for our children and grandchildren.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a federal program that protects parks, battlefields and other iconic places nationwide for the public benefit. Since it was initiated, the program has provided $330 million to protect some of Ohio’s most cherished places like Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Conservancy urges Congress to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the program at $900 million per year.
The Clean Ohio Fund is a state program that funds greenspace conservation, farmland preservation and trail construction. Since its inception, it has benefited all 88 counties in Ohio and has leveraged millions of dollars of private support. The Conservancy seeks continued funding levels of $50 million per year in the state budget.
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