Ohio is a “water-rich” state, with more than 166,962 miles of streams and 483,000 acres of wetlands. Each body of water within the state either drains to the Lake Erie basin or the Ohio River basin.
Approximately one-third of the state (the “Lake Erie basin”) drains to Lake Erie, with the other two-thirds (the “Ohio River basin”) drain to the Ohio River.
Unfortunately, our waterways are under duress from sediment, manure, fertilizers, wetland and stream destruction, and a variety of pollutants. A healthy network of streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands can reduce flooding, filter out pollutants, house diverse wildlife, support jobs, spur Ohio’s economy, and provide clean, safe, and affordable drinking water.
Federal and Ohio laws, however, do not go far enough to protect our vital natural resources or provide clean, safe, affordable drinking water for all who call Ohio home. Nearly half of our waterways do not meet the fishable, swimmable, and drinkable standard required under the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act fails to fully protect our drinking water.
Using the latest scientific research, the OEC advocates, educates, and mobilizes Ohio citizens and lawmakers to bring healthier lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands to Ohio.