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Coalition led my Farm Bureau weighs in on water policies
Agriculture and industry interests launch effort to influence policies as US EPA proposes expanding Clean Water Act to cover streams 
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Andy Chow
 
Healthy Water Ohio is a diverse group group of stakeholders that includes Farm Bureau members, universities, business and industry leaders. The coalition will conduct a poll of Ohioans to help craft a long-term water quality strategy.
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A wide variety of groups representing agriculture, business and public health associations are joining forces to tackle a pressing issue: how can they protect and improve Ohio’s water quality.

The coalition known as Healthy Water Ohio will start by conducting a statewide public poll in order to identify major challenges.

Larry Antosh with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation says creating this large initiative will provide a more holistic view of the problem.

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“Having that diverse group together to talk about what they’re concerns are and what their future needs might be and the issues that they have really helps us to have more of a comprehensive view on Ohio’s water resources,” Antosh says.

A steering committee with Healthy Water Ohio plans to reveal the poll’s results by next summer, along with its recommendations.

The group plans to create a 20 to 30 year management strategy, which may include legislative proposals along the way.
 
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