land on the Scioto
(Note: Nothing but Language Deception here, as farmers are enticed -- by their own taxpayer dollars and those of others, no less -- to sign over their property rights and ability to be responsible and productive stewards and owners. Stopping a property owner from his ability to exercise normal maintenance on his land and water -- like removing fallen trees from manmade drainage ditches and streams and mowing grassed filter strips/waterways -- is anything but good stewardship. It is, in fact, another way of implementing The Wildlands Project by the loss of the right to care for these lands and waters.)
February 2, 2006
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The Toledo Blade
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Turning that land to a natural state will mean the farmers won't have to endure the loss of crops planted on that land when there's flooding.
They will also benefit monetarily from the program by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to conserve 70,000 acres in central and southern Ohio.
The state and federal agencies' goal to spend $207 million on the conservation effort will result in at least a 20 percent reduction in soil erosion and chemical runoff. Already farmers in the area have agreed to turn over 42,000 acres. That puts the program way ahead of what the government agencies initially believed would take 10 years to convince enough farmers to agree to return their riverfront property to its natural state.
The 2 million people whose drinking water comes from the Scioto, a tributary to the Ohio River, will be happy about the conservation effort. When flooding caused land damage and eroded topsoil -- as much as 6 to 12 feet in some areas -- a plan had to adopted quickly.
The farmers will receive from $175 to $200 for every acre annually during the 15 years that their property is transformed to improve the Scioto's water quality and to increase wildlife.
It's good for the environment, drinking water supplies, and the farmers who sign up, too.
Copyright 2006, The Blade.