Senate District 2
Theresa Gavarone
Gavarone Introduces Resolution Prioritizing Healthy and Safe Water in Lake Erie
March 30, 2021

COLUMBUS—State Senators Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) and Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) today introduced Senate Joint Resolution 2, providing a long-term solution for H2Ohio funding. H2Ohio is a statewide watershed planning and management program, established in 2019, to coordinate and build upon the shared efforts of state and local partners to improve water quality throughout Ohio.

The resolution creates a $1 billion bond to be disbursed over 10 years for water quality improvement projects throughout Ohio.

“As an early advocate of the H2Ohio program, I am proud of its massive success in cleaning up our waterways. However, the reality is this funding could disappear at any time,” Gavarone said. “We need a bipartisan, long-term funding plan solely focused on water quality improvement projects in Lake Erie and other bodies of water across the state, and Senate Joint Resolution 2 will help make that happen.”

If approved by Ohio voters, the money would be used towards the improvements of the following:

  • water treatment  and wastewater treatment systems 

  • water quality research

  • reducing open lake disposal of dredged material into Lake Erie & other bodies of water

  • agricultural best management practices including water resource management

  • watershed restoration, and soil and water conservation

  • other sewer and water capital improvements

To learn more about SJR 2, click here
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