Columbus, Ohio -- The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Peter Bucher, Water Resources Director at the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund:
“Governor DeWine’s budget proposal includes significant new or increased investments to improve Ohio parks, water quality, and agricultural conservation. Ohio’s natural resources improve the quality of life for millions of Ohioans and bring in billions of dollars in economic benefit. Although these budget proposals are drastic improvements more funding will be needed to truly protect these economic and recreation benefits.
“The significant investments in conservation can play a crucial role in reducing phosphorus in Ohio waterways and harmful algae. Projects funded by H2Ohio and the Soil and Water Phosphorus Program will need to be accountable to achieving water quality improvements.
“The $38 million increase for parks and the increase in nature preserve funding will help protect public lands for the benefit of all Ohioans.
“We look forward to working the administration and the General Assembly to ensure that we get Ohio’s environmental priorities on track to expand access to public lands, improve air and water quality.”