Columbus, Ohio -- The following statement can be attributed to Heather Taylor-Miesle, President of the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund:
“We appreciate Governor DeWine’s focus on ensuring protections for Ohio’s natural resources during his first State of the State Address.
“Its very promising that Governor DeWine plans to make cleaning up our waterways a priority of his administration. The forthcoming H2-Ohio Fund is a real opportunity to address our water concerns. I look forward to further details on this program in the state budget. Ensuring every Ohioan has access to clean and safe drinking water will take significant funding, and a commitment that programs are also accountable to achieving results. To truly keep harmful algae out of Lake Erie, we need a long-term conservation program for the entire western basin watershed.
“However, in addressing our energy concerns, we need to be sure that we focus on moving to carbon-free sources of energy, so that our air and environment can be as clean as possible, and we keep up in the rapidly evolving clean energy economy.
“We look forward to working with the DeWine Administration to work to protect our air, land, and water for our children and grandchildren.”