How we use our land impacts our water and our quality of life. The thoughtful balance of environmentally friendly practices and development opportunities positively influences the quality of life in our communities. The health of Ohio's citizens now and in the future, and the robustness of the state economy depend upon the quality of our streams, rivers, lakes, and ground water.
Balanced Growth: a voluntary, incentive-based strategy to protect and restore Lake Erie, the Ohio River, and Ohio's watersheds to assure long-term economic competitiveness, ecological health, and quality of life. The goal of the program is to link land-use planning to the health of watersheds and major water bodies.
Watershed-scale land use planning has become an accepted approach in Ohio and throughout the nation because collaboration across the watershed allows coordinated, regional decision-making about how growth and conservation should be promoted by local and state policies and investments.
We also supply guidance on best local land use practices for protecting clean water wherever the expansion of developed areas occurs, and for reducing impacts to clean water in redevelopment situations.