Ohio Environmental Council, March 26, 2013
The Clean Ohio Fund is a $400 million state bond initiative first approved by Ohio voters in 2000.
In 2008, it was overwhelmingly renewed in all 88 counties with strong bipartisan support from the executive and legislative leadership.
Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund. Supports cleanup of brownfields for redevelopment; only public entities may apply.
Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. Preserves farmland; local sponsors such as non-profit land trusts and soil and water conservation districts submit an application on the landowner’s behalf.
Clean Ohio Open Space Conservation Program. Preserves and restores open spaces, sensitive ecological areas and stream corridors; non-profit entities and local parks are eligible but not state agencies.
Clean Ohio Trails Fund. Improves outdoor recreational trail opportunities; any public subdivision or non-profit entity in Ohio may apply.
All 88 Ohio counties have received funding and benefitted from the Clean Ohio Fund.
This critical state investment has:
In spring 2013, appropriate the remaining $52 million in conservation bonds for the Clean Ohio Fund, as approved by voters in 2008.
The bonds would be allocated to open space conservation ($39 million), farmland preservation ($6.5 million) and multi-use trail construction ($6.5 million).
This request is supported by a broad coalition of representatives from business, hunting and fishing clubs, community development, local government, parks, land trusts and environmental groups.
NOTE: All brownfield redevelopment funds have been already spent or obligated.