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From Ohio Public Works Commission: Considering the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic the capital bill for the next biennium is uncertain. This affects infrastructure and Clean Ohio funding for next fiscal year (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021). Therefore, district integrating committees and natural resource assistance councils must postpone application solicitation schedules until further notice.

Check here for updates or contact Sara Guiher, NRAC District 12 Liaison:

Round 15 Meeting Notices 2020/2021
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place in the TMACOG boardroom
300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Suite 300
Toledo, OH 43604

Next Meeting

As noted above, the next round of funding is currently on hold. Meeting dates are tentative until this situation is resolved.

June 18 | 2:00
Agenda | Minutes

Round 14

April 9, 2020
Agenda | Minutes

December 5, 2019
Agenda | Minutes
Presentation - Round 14 Methodology Review - Erika Buri, The Olander Park System

June 20, 2019
Agenda | Minutes

Meeting Archive

About NRAC

In 2000, Ohio voters approved the Clean Ohio Fund to return tax dollars to local communities for the protection of the environment. These funds have been used for open space acquisition, and to protect and enhance riparian corridors and watersheds. Each Clean Ohio Fund district has an 11-member committee that evaluates local applications for the Clean Ohio grants. In Lucas County, TMACOG manages that committee: The Natural Resources Assistance Council for District 12 (NRAC/12). Members of the district NRAC were chosen from among organizations with expertise in conservation, natural resource protection, parks and recreation, real estate development, and environmental protection. The NRAC is responsible for receiving applications and deciding how to allocate grants from the Clean Ohio Fund, based on uniform statewide criteria.

NRAC ROUND 13 & 14 Awarded Projects 2019 & 2020
Total Cost
Clean Ohio Share
Metroparks - Glass City Metropark Phase 3


Metroparks - Oak Openings Expansion South
$489,278 64
14 Metroparks - Oak Openings Expansion North $1,350,625 $483,625 48
14 Metroparks - Oak Openings Corridor - Garden Road Expansion $202,938 $146,209 12.9
14 Metroparks - Audubon Islands State Nature Preserve Expansion - Hunt Island $107,500 $79,550 9.4

NRAC in Lucas County
Clean Ohio funds have returned more than $16 million dollars to Lucas County for protecting over 2800 acres of
open spaces and wetlands

The largest project to date is the acquisition of 959 acres of former agricultural land by Metroparks Toledo to create Howard Marsh Metropark. This park features water and hiking trails, and restores coastal wetlands that are critical habitat for fish, reptiles, amphibians, and migratory birds.

The Howard Marsh Metropark
photo credit: metroparkstoledo
photo credit: metroparkstoledo

-The Olander Park System used Clean Ohio funds for the Herr Road oak savanna and wetland.

Natural Resources Assistance Council

Sara Guiher
Water Quality Planner
District 12 NRAC Liaison
300 Dr Martin Luther King Dr
Toledo, OH 43604

Erika Buri, Chair
The Olander Park System

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>>NRAC District 12     Applicant Information     

>>NRAC District 12 Fact     Sheet

>> NRAC District 12 Round 15 Timeline *Tentative*

>>District 12 Natural     Resources Assistance     Council Scoring     Methodology 2020

>>Clean Ohio Fund     Instructions for Financial     Assistance

>>Clean Ohio Fund     Application

>>Glossary of Terms for     Clean Ohio Conservation     Fund Application and     Methodology

>>NRAC District 12
    Historical Project List

>>NRAC 12 information on     Ohio Public Works     Commission website


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