EPN Breakfast - October 8, 2019
Nutrient management on farms and water quality continue to make headlines across our state and region. For this EPN Breakfast program, Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) convenes Dorothy Pelanda, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA); Mary Mertz, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to discuss their agency’s current nutrient management and water quality policies and programs; and Laurie A. Stevenson, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA).
This panel of leaders, representing Ohio’s primary environmental and natural resource agencies, will candidly answer the following questions:
- Is water quality in Ohio improving?
- What is Ohio doing to ensure increased control of nutrient runoff?
- What are Ohio’s state and non-governmental agencies doing to synthesize their work in nutrient management?
The conversation will include a discussion about the newly launched H2Ohio (h2.ohio.gov) water quality initiative. This collaborative initiative, linking ODNR, Ohio EPA, and ODA along with other agencies and stakeholders, was designed to invest in targeted, long-term solutions to ensure clean and safe water in Lake Erie and water systems throughout Ohio.
This EPN Breakfast program builds upon a similar conversation hosted by the EPN six years ago (October 2013). Since then some variables have changed, and others remain the same. Join us to learn more about where we are currently, and where we are going in nutrient management policy and water quality programming in Ohio.