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Boardman's Forest Lawn Stormwater Park gets state grant

Ohio governor announces $300,000 for the Mahoning County project.
Wetland Project

BOARDMAN — ABC District's Forest Lawn Stormwater Park has been awarded $300,000 for a floodplain restoration project.

The grant is part of the $5 million H2Ohio grant funding directed at 13 wetland projects announced by Gov. Mike DeWine and Mary Mertz, Ohio Department of Natural Resources director.

Projects in 11 counties will get funds to help improve water quality in the Ohio River Basin.  

"We are excited to continue the expansion of H2Ohio's work into the Ohio River Basin and to take the next big step toward naturally improving water quality across Ohio,” DeWine in a news release. “Water issues expand beyond Lake Erie, so by focusing this funding farther south, we can address water challenges on a bigger scale and help ensure that people throughout the state can experience the benefits of these wetlands.” 

DeWine announced the launch of the Ohio River Basin H2Ohio Wetland Grant Program in July. The program provides up to $500,000 for wetland projects that address nutrient loading and contribute to water quality improvement in the Ohio River and its tributaries.  

Awards also will go to projects in Butler (2), Greene, Franklin (2), Hamilton, Holmes, Medina, Miami, Montgomery, Wayne and Warren counties. 

Each project will create wetlands, restore wetlands on hydric soils, and/or enhance water quality at existing wetlands and floodplains.  

“We’ve seen a ton of success in northwest Ohio, and I am thrilled to see the H2Ohio initiative expand into the Ohio River Basin,” Mertz said. “We are really excited to add to the growing list of H2Ohio wetlands and share the benefits of these projects with everyone across the state.” 

The press release says wetlands help improve water quality by trapping, filtering, and removing excess pollutants and nutrients, like phosphorus, from the water before they flow into waterways and contribute to harmful algal blooms. Right now, there are more than 70 H2Ohio wetland projects underway.

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