Clean Lake 2020 Plan Signed Into Law
July 12, 2018
Bipartisan legislation aimed at funding projects to protect Lake Erie was signed into law by Governor John R. Kasich yesterday. Sponsored jointly by state Senators Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green), Senate Bill 299, known as the Clean Lake 2020 Plan, allocates more than $36 million to a number of programs to keep the lake clean.
“I was glad to see SB 299 signed into law yesterday and encouraged by the governor’s support of this issue,” said Senator O’Brien. “While the $36 million allocated in this bill is just the beginning of what is needed to restore Ohio’s Great Lake to what it once was and ensure that it remains protected, it is a great start. I look forward to continuing to work on this issue for all my constituents, but especially those who live along Lake Erie.”
SB 299 seeks to help Ohio reach its goal of reducing nutrient runoff by 40 percent by 2025. This bill allocates $2.65 million to the Ohio State Sea Grant and Stone lab for research space and monitoring equipment and an additional $10 million to support projects to curb open lake disposal of dredged materials. Additionally, it provides up to $20 million to various state departments and commissions to create programs to reduce levels of phosphorus around the lake. The Clean Lake 2020 Plan also increases the financial support of the Soil and Water Conservation District by $3.5 million.
“This bipartisan bill is an example of how legislators can come together to support legislation that will make a much needed difference in the lives of Ohioans,” said Senator O’Brien. “I am proud to have worked with my colleagues across the aisle to pass this important bill.”
Additional information about SB 299 can be found here.