January & February 2013
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Clean Ohio Grants Announced

The local committee has recommended, and the Ohio Public Works Commission has approved, four projects in Lucas County to preserve open space.

The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) is the local committee that evaluates and ranks applications for Clean Ohio funds. Of the nine proposals submitted in the current round, NRAC ranked four as those which best meet the criteria and which fit in the allocation for this round of funding of $1,267,184.

Metroparks of the Toledo Area - Airport Hwy Preserve
Olander Park System – SPP Park Place
Olander Park System - Timberstone Addition
Metroparks of the Toledo Area - South Wabash Prairie

These projects have been ranked for their value to preserve open space or to protect or enhance riparian corridors or watersheds. Open space projects are those where land will be acquired for parks, public forests, wetlands, threatened habitat, to connect corridors in natural areas, or to enhance facilities making open space more accessible by the general public. Riparian corridor projects are selected to protect rivers, streams and lakes, and to reforest and improve vegetation in riparian areas. Qualified projects also acquire land for access to riparian corridors and for permanent easements protecting such lands. See complete information about how projects are selected here.

The Clean Ohio Fund has returned $8.2 million in taxpayer dollars back to Lucas County since voters approved the program in 2000. TMACOG manages Lucas County’s NRAC which solicits applications, provides information about the scoring system, and evaluates area applications.


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