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ODNR Purchases Land For Lakeside Daisy

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves will be purchasing land adjacent to the Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve near Lake Erie. This site, located on the Marblehead Peninsula in Ottawa County, is home to the only natural population of the Lakeside Daisy remaining in Ohio. The purchase will increase the Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve from 19 acres to 137 acres.

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“Having the opportunity to expand a state nature preserve as unique and important to Ohio as Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve means that the Lakeside Daisy will be enjoyed by our grandchildren and future generations,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Securing another 118 acres to add to the Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve will benefit Ohio’s ecosystem and tourism in the area.”

For people interested in seeing the Lakeside Daisy in bloom, a public hike has been scheduled at Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, starting at noon and lasting until approximately 1 p.m. This will be an excellent chance to see this state endangered flower up close, providing excellent opportunities for photographs.

Acquiring this property will protect more than 700,000 Lakeside Daisy plants. This property will also protect valuable habitat for migratory bird species crossing Lake Erie, such as the federally endangered Kirtland’s warbler, bald eagle and many more.

Funding for this acquisition comes from both a sizable grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and donations from Ohioans using their state income tax refunds to support Ohio State Nature Preserves.

Lakeside Daisy was listed as endangered in Ohio in 1980 and was listed as federally threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1988. Acquiring this property will further enhance the ability of this species to survive in the future.

This is shared from the ODNR website.

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Environmental Law and Policy Center Releases Study

logoThe Environmental Law Policy Center (ELPC) recently released a study that it says is intended for use by policy makers to understand the impact of climate change on Lake Erie and urge them to take steps to respond.
The nearly 75 page report looks at numerous factors and concludes that climate change is causing “significant and far-reaching” impacts on Lake Erie and the 35 million people who live in the Lake Erie Basin.

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Governor Proposes H2Ohio

Governor Proposes H2Ohio
In March, Governor DeWine proposed a ten year, $900 million project to protect water resources in Ohio as part of the Ohio Budget process. While the proposal includes care for water resources throughout the state, the H2Ohio project would make significant investment in Ohio’s Lake Erie resources. In addition, stakeholders suggest that the state investment would be matched or tripled through private investment.
Although some discussion of bonding the projects had been considered, the Governor’s proposal included funds from the state’s rainy day fund as well as future General Revenue (aka tax dollars) in this and future budgets. The proposal envisions ten years of funding. According the the budget blue book, the H2Ohio line item provides funding for new and continued improvements to existing coastal and upland wetlands in the western basin of Lake Erie. The funds may also be used for targeted land acquisition and grants to other organizations that would create wetlands. Funds would also be available for land-based nutrient management programs, staffing at SWCDs, and funding for aggressive action to address water treatment and failing septic systems. It will also fund investment into scientific research and measurement efforts.
Early indicators from Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder is that the House is likely to keep the program in place at its funding levels, although his Chamber is looking closely at accountability and other safeguards.
 
Resources
Investing in Ohio’s Natural Resources (Fact sheet from Gov’s Office)
Redbook: ODNR (Legislative Budget Office)
Redbook: Lake Erie Commission (Legislative Budget Office)
HB 166 (Budget Bill: warning large file)
House Finance SubCommittee Testimony (Ag & Natural Resources)
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Shoreline Special Improvement Districts

Financing and Completing Lake Erie Shoreline Improvements through Special Improvement Districts

Numerous members of the Ohio Lakefront Group have inquired about legislation that was introduced in 2017 and 2018 to allow property owners to band together to form special improvement districts as a means of financing improvements and repairs to their lakefront property. We’ve developed this document to assist with understanding the new law. 

Shoreline Special Improvement Districts

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