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ODNR AWAITS FUNDING ON TOP ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

ODNR AWAITS FUNDING ON TOP ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The administration of Gov. George V. Voinovich has obtained funding to finance projects of major environmental and economic impact for Ohio, Frances S. Buchholzer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), announced.
 Working with Voinovich's Washington Office, Ohio members of the House Appropriations Committee, and especially Congressman Ralph Regula (R-Navarre), were helpful in securing funding for these projects.
 "In a very difficult year for appropriations, Ralph Regula came through to see that federal legislation helped address Ohio's needs," said Buchholzer. "Ohio is fortunate to have a good working team in the Ohio delegation who are adept at obtaining federal assistance to achieve the objectives of the Voinovich administration to foster economic growth while protecting the environment."
 The following programs had been earmarked as priorities of the Voinovich administration:
 -- $991,500 for Ohio's Arbor Program -- Initiated by Voinovich on Arbor Day 1992, this program would increase the number of trees planted and maintained in Ohio from 10 million a year to 15 million a year by 1995.
 -- $250,000 for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on ways to prevent erosion at Geneva State Park in Ashtabula County.
 -- $1,487,500 to continue mapping erosion along Lake Erie's shoreline -- ODNR's Division of Geological Survey is joining the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct a five-year cooperative study to better understand the causes and effects of coastal erosion and loss of wetlands along the western Lake Erie shoreline.
 -- $250,000 for the Corps to study methods to abate acid mine drainage in Belmont and Jefferson counties.
 -- $400,000 to establish an independent supervisor's office in the Wayne National Forest, more than $1.5 million for construction of recreation access and about $2 million for further land acquisitions in the Wayne National Forest -- This bill would shift administration of the Wayne National Forest from the Wayne/Hoosier national forests supervisor's office in Indiana to a new office in Ohio.
 -- $100,000 for a Corps study to improve navigation on Cooley Canal in Lucas County.
 -- $4.8 million for construction of a Columbus floodwall - The floodwall would provide protection against a 100-year flood for 4,000 homes and 470 commercial structures from the Scioto River to the near west side of Columbus. Damages from a 100-year flood in that area are projected at about $300 million.
 -- $9.362 million for construction and about $3 million for land acquisition in Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.
 -- $2.66 million for forestry research at the U.S. Forest Service's Northeast Experiment Station in Delaware - The money would fund research into growth and yields of northeast forest types, bio-technical forest pest management and growth and culture of central Appalachian hardwoods.
 -- $2.7 million to rebuild a dike in front of the Metzger Marsh in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge - The dike would connect the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to the Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area providing better habitat for migrating waterfowl. This funding will pay two- thirds of the project cost with one-third coming from the state and conservation organizations. Funding for this project comes from unexpended money from last year and does not appear in the appropriations bills.
 Both appropriations bills have been approved by House-Senate Conferences. The Interior Appropriation awaits final passage by both Houses of Congress. The Energy and Water appropriation bill has passed both Houses of Congress and awaits Presidential signature.
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 CONTACT: Mary Hayes, media relations & communications for ODNR, 614-265-6886 CO: OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ST: OH -- CL009 -- X448 09/30/92
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