Ohio’s water quality improvement program, H2Ohio, is expanding. Since H2Ohio’s launch in 2019, more than 1.4 million acres in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) have been enrolled in the program, and phosphorus runoff has been reduced by an estimated 317,000 pounds.
Tracy Intihar, assistant director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture says the goal is to enroll 500,000 acres outside of the Western Lake Erie Basin. “It starts with a nutrient management plan,” she says. “So the program will work with local soil and water districts to get them ready to develop some nutrient management plans with farmers around the state.”
She tells Brownfield producers will be eligible beginning in 2024.