Ohio enjoys abundant water resources. Few states enjoy as many streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands as Ohio. Numerous agencies and organizations are involved in protecting Ohio’s valuable water resources. Some of these groups include: state, federal and local government; schools of high education; watershed groups; soil and water conservation districts; and planning agencies. Coordination is necessary to ensure that Ohio’s water resources are managed to benefit public health, ecological integrity and economic vitality for Ohio’s present and future generations.
Originally formed on a temporary basis as an outgrowth of the 1993 Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Water Resources, the Ohio Water Resources Committee was designed as a forum for policy development, collaboration and coordination among state agencies, and strategic direction with respect to state water resource programs.