8/18/14 12:55 p.m.
Since Toledo’s water crisis, the state government has been focusing on what can be done to improve water quality. One of the products of that is the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Lake Erie Nutrient Reduction Program.
Audio: Jean Derr
Jean Derr is the Program Administrator for the Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District and will be overseeing the LE NRP which will reimburse farmers and landowners who plant cover crops, install drainage management equipment or blind tile inlets. These practices will allow farmers to better manage water from their fields after harvest and during growing season.
The program spans 27 counties, including all local counties, and its goal is to combat harmful algal blooms and nutrient run-off from fields.
Audio: Jean Derr
ODNR has committed $1.25 million for the program in addition to the $3.5 million already appropriated through the Ohio Clean Lakes initiative. They are anticipating 25,000 acres of cover crops to be planted as well as 300 structures to be installed.
Applications for the program may be picked up at the Hancock SWCD. After submitting an application, the land will be inspected by SWCD and ODNR staff to ensure it is eligible for the program.
Counties included: Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.
Contact Jean Derr at Hancock SWCD at 419-422-6569 or Mark Bruce at ODNR at 614-265-6860 with questions or for more information.
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