Water Quality & Soil Health

Committed to keeping our water clean and our soil healthy!

H2Ohio is Governor Mike DeWine’s initiative to ensure safe and clean water for all Ohioans. It is a comprehensive, data driven approach to improving water quality over the long term. H2Ohio focuses specifically on reducing phosphorous, creating wetlands, addressing failing septic systems and preventing lead contamination. H2Ohio was created through unprecedented collaboration, using strategies that are long-term, cost-effective and permanent. The Governor, his team, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and many interested parties, including the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI), worked together to help create a strong conservation approach to one of our most important resources.


The H2Ohio farmer incentive program is a voluntary conservation effort initially made available in the 14 counties that make up the Maumee River Watershed. H2Ohio expanded into 10 additional counties, now encompassing the entire Western Lake Erie Basin. Farmers in the 10-county expansion area are eligible to sign up for seven best management practices and receive incentive payments to offset costs. To apply, farmers must have a voluntary nutrient management plan and be enrolled in the OACI farmer certification program.

H2Ohio Fact Sheets

Overwintering Cover Crops

Small Grains

Voluntary Nutrient Management Plan VNMP

Producer Checklist for VNMP

Phase 2 Fact Sheets

VNMP Implementation

Conservation Crop Rotation Forages

Manure Incorporation

Manure Incorporation

Variable Rate

Subsurface Phosphorus Placement

Drainage Water Management

Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a federal and state conservation partnership designed to address
agriculture‐related environmental concerns. Participants receive financial incentives from USDA to voluntarily enroll
environmentally sensitive cropland or pastureland in contracts for a period of 15 years.

Lake Erie CREP: Wetland Restoration

The purpose of wetland restoration is to reestablish the area’s hydrology and vegetation. This practice provides meaningful benefits to landowners, creating a carbon sink, flood control method, water filtration mechanism and wildlife habitat.