MORELAND HILLS – Dominion and the nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy recently awarded $35,025 in grant funding to 16 Ohio watershed groups for marketing, promotions and outreach efforts as well as project-specific restoration or water quality improvement project expenses.
Through the support of Dominion, Western Reserve Land Conservancy launched the Watershed Mini Grant Program last year to serve organizations working to protect and improve land around rivers, lakes and streams throughout Ohio.
“Dominion is proud to partner with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy for the second year of the Watershed Mini Grants Program,” said Tracy Oliver, director media & local affairs for Dominion. “Funding meaningful projects that encourage the understanding, appreciation and preservation of our environment is a key focus for us. Congratulations to all of the award winning watershed organizations across Ohio.”
Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow received $1,500 for their Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow Carp Fest which will promote awareness of the carp’s impact on water quality in Buckeye Lake and involve the community in removing the invasive species.
Healthy watersheds benefit people, animals and plants. Water quality can be affected by many things – human and non-human – but habitat degradation and non-point source pollution are two of the biggest continuing problems. The quality of our water is affected by alterations to the land – mining, roadways, agriculture, urban development, deforestation and the everyday activities of the people within the watershed.
“Everyone lives in a watershed. We depend on our lakes, rivers and streams to provide clean water for drinking, irrigation and industry as well as habitat for wildlife,” explained Rich Cochran, president and CEO of the Land Conservancy. “We thank Ohio’s watershed groups for recognizing potential threats, devising plans, taking corrective actions and educating the public about the importance of our watersheds. We also thank Dominion for their partnership in supporting these efforts.”
The annual Carp Fest was not held in 2015 or 2016 due to low water conditions. It is expected to return in 2017 if the lake is able to reach the interim summer pool of 890.5.
More than 200 fishermen turned out for the 4th annual Carp Fest in 2014. Columbus resident Dinty Musk caught a record Buckeye Lake Marina Big Haul of 528.3 lbs., breaking his 2013 record of 450.4 lbs.