Programs supporting conservation in watersheds

There are 11 programs on this page, please scroll down to view complete list.

For complete details on each program, including agency contacts, please see the listing in the printed Inventory of State Programs, Appendix C of the Balanced Growth Strategy on the Inventory Home page or click the program website link in the table.

Program Name and Type of Assistance

Program Link

Special Incentive

Agency

 

Clean Water Act Section 319 Grant Program (Financial Assistance: Grants)

Program Website

 SPECIAL INCENTIVE

Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water

Provides financial assistance to local soil and water conservation districts, local watershed groups, local governments and others to implement watershed management actions designed to eliminate impaired waters and reduce nonpoint source pollution in Ohio.

 

Coastal Management Assistance Grants

(Financial Assistance: Grants)

Program Website

SPECIAL INCENTIVE

ODNR Office of Coastal Management

Provides financial assistance to local governments, state agencies, non-profits and educational institutions for projects that preserve, protect and enhance Lake Erie coastal resources and/or support their sustainable use.

 

Lake Erie Protection Fund

(Financial Assistance: Grants)

Program Website

 

Ohio Lake Erie Commission

Funds (1) Research into the economic, environmental, and human health effects of contamination; (2) Research and data collection regarding water quality and toxic contamination; (3) Developing improved methods of measuring water quality and establishing a firm scientific base for implementing a basin-wide system of water quality management; (4) Improving scientific knowledge on which protection policies are based and devising new and innovative clean-up techniques for toxic contaminants and (5) Supplementing state commitments to policies and programs pertaining to water quality and resource protection.

 

Litter Cleanup Grant

(Financial Assistance: Grants)

Program Website

 

ODNR Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention

Provides grant funds for costs associated and participation in community based litter cleanup and public awareness efforts.

 

Forestry Watershed Program (Technical Assistance)

Program Website

 

ODNR Division of Forestry

Provides technical assistance and cost-share funding in priority watersheds

 

Ohio Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

(Financial Assistance)

Program Website

SPECIAL INCENTIVE

ODNR Div. of Soil and Water Resources

Improves water quality by reducing sediment pollution and field runoff throughout six of northwest Ohio's watersheds that drain into Lake Erie through the installation of filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland, hardwood trees, wildlife habitat and field windbreaks. Eligible funding area includes: Lake Basin-Maumee, Sandusky, Auglaize, Blanchard, Portage, Black, Vermilion, and Huron.

 

Watershed Coordinator Grant Program

(Financial Assistance: Grants)

Program Website

 SPECIAL INCENTIVE

ODNR Div. of Soil and Water Resources

Provides non-profits and local governments with four year grants to employ watershed coordinators to plan nonpoint source pollution programs via stakeholder compiled watershed action plans.

 

Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program

(Financial Assistance: Grants)

Program Website

 SPECIAL INCENTIVE

Ohio EPA

Restoration / protection of aquatic habitat resources: e.g., stream corridor restoration, natural channel design, acquisition of acreage containing high quality wetlands, riparian corridor, or headwater streams.

 

Section 208 Planning (State Water Quality Management Plan)

Program Website

 

Ohio EPA and six areawide planning agencies (TMACOG, NEFCO, NOACA, ERCOG, MVRPC, and OKI)

Meets requirements in federal regulations: to apply knowledge of the water quality problems and threats in a region in developing plans that identify what steps will be taken, by what entities and by when to help improve and maintain good water quality.

 

Great Lakes Remedial Action Plans

Program Website

 

 

Ohio EPA

Restores beneficial uses to the four Lake Erie Areas of Concern in Ohio (Maumee, Black, Cuyahoga, and Ashtabula Rivers). This program concentrates on using an ecosystem approach and considerable public participation and ownership to restore the 14 beneficial use impairments listed in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

 

Surface Water Improvement Fund (Financial Assistance: Grants)

Program Website

 

 

Ohio EPA

Provides grant funding to applicants such as local governments, park districts, conservation organizations and others. Water quality improvement projects eligible for SWIF funding include: Stream restoration and/or renaturalization, riparian restoration and protection, wetland restoration and protection, innovative storm water management demonstration projects, inland lakes restoration and management, replacement and/or repair of on-site home sewage treatment systems.

 

 

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