Clean Ohio Fund - NRAC
Natural Resources Assistance Council
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 returned millions of dollars to Lucas County for open space acquisition, and to protect and enhance riparian corridors and watersheds. The 2021 round of Clean Ohio Fund grants has been suspended due to the pandemic.
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
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.