LIMA — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has set aside $30 million in funding to help northwest Ohio farmers reduce phosphorous runoff, a contributor to algal blooms found in Lake Erie.
Farmers living in Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert counties, as well as those living in nearby Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Williams and Wood counties, are eligible to apply for the first round of H2Ohio funding starting on Feb. 1.
The program will invest in 10 scientifically proven efforts to reduce nutrient runoff in the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie.
The Ohio General Assembly has approved $85 million for the H2Ohio initiative in its biennial budget. The program is starting in 14 northwest Ohio counties and will eventually expand elsewhere in the state.
Informational meetings will be held around the region starting in February. Additional information on applying for the program is available online at h2.ohio.gov.