ODA announces statewide H2Ohio conservation ditch program

As part of Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announces $5 million available in grants for a statewide conservation ditch program. Ohio county engineers and Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are eligible to apply for funding to construct two-stage and self-forming ditches.

“We are continuously improving and expanding our H2Ohio practices to reach our water quality goals,” said Brian Baldridge, ODA Director “Conservation ditches play an important role in improving Ohio’s waterways right at the edge of the field.”

ODA’s Conservation Ditch program is an expansion of last year’s Two-Stage Ditch program that reserved $4 million for 11 ditch projects in Northwest Ohio. More than 16,500 acres of watershed will benefit from the 8 miles of conservation ditch projects, which will be completed by the end of 2024.  Projects approved in this year’s sign-up will have until the end of 2025 to be completed.

Conservation ditches provide environmental benefits and improve water quality by slowing water flow, processing nutrients, and removing sediment. Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2023, via email to Justin.McBride@agri.ohio.gov.

For more information on the H2Ohio initiative, please visit h2.ohio.gov.

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  1. What about Lorain county? This county has the worst ditch maintenance program in the state. Our commissioners are city people and do not know or care about ditches upkeep. I am a farmer,and I know ditches are important .

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