Ohio is a “water-rich” state, with more than 166,962 miles of streams and 483,000 acres of wetlands. Each body of water within the state either drains to the Lake Erie basin or the Ohio River basin.
Approximately one-third of the state (the "Lake Erie basin") drains to Lake Erie, with the other two-thirds (the "Ohio River basin") draining to the Ohio River.
Ohio’s laws, however, do not go far enough to protect our vital natural resources for all who call Ohio home. Nearly half of our waterways do not meet the fishable, swimmable, and drinkable standard required under the Clean Water Act.
In fact, our waterways are under duress from sediment, manure, fertilizers, and wetland and stream destruction, and a variety of pollutants. A healthy network of streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands can reduce flooding, filter out pollutants, support a diverse population of wildlife, support jobs, and spur Ohio’s economy.
Using scientific principles, legislative initiatives, legal action, and educating and mobilizing Ohio’s citizens, the OEC works to ensure the health of all of Ohio’s lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands.