WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced a $4.5 million investment in the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to better prevent pollution from entering Ohio’s lakes, rivers, and other waterways. The funding will allow OEPA to pursue research and public outreach efforts to keep water runoff from polluting local waterways.
“Protecting Ohio waterways is important for safe drinking water and local jobs,” said Brown. “By reducing runoff and working to prevent pollution, we can eliminate harmful algal blooms and ensure that our lakes, rivers, and steams remain viable resources for Ohio businesses and residents in the future.”
The funding was authorized through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Non-Point Source Program. The Non-Point Source Program was created under the Clean Water Act to help states prevent non-point source pollution from runoff to improve local water quality. According to the EPA, this work has restored over 6,000 miles of streams and over 164,000 acres of lakes since 2006.
Earlier this year, Brown wrote a letter of support for the Non-Point Source Program after President Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget eliminated funding. Brown cited the Toledo water crisis as an example of why this program is critical to Ohio communities.