The Ohio Wetlands Association is a state-wide, all volunteer, 501(C)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting wetlands throughout Ohio. Most of Ohio’s wetlands have been lost by conversion to drained farmland, urban spaces, and development around lakes and waterways. More than 90% of Ohio’s wetlands are gone, far exceeding the 50% loss nationally. Many remaining wetlands have been degraded. Wetlands continue to be developed and impacted needlessly. OWA would like to see wetlands restored and protected. The Clean Water Act provides tools to limit wetland impacts but pressure remains. Ohio’s wetlands need a voice and a champion. OWA strives to fill that role.
Wetlands need to be protected and restored, not just because they rank among the most abused habitat in the state. They are important cultural and economic components of our society. They are the most biologically diverse system on the planet with the possible exception of coral reefs. They are the most productive systems, turning sunlight into living matter faster and more efficiently than anywhere else. They are critical to migratory birds for shelter and nourishment. Wetlands clean our water, recharging groundwater and filtering sediments and nutrients from waters that feed our rivers and lakes. They provide spawning grounds for sport and other fish supporting a multi-billion dollar recreation industry. Wetlands regulate water surges during extreme weather events, protecting our most valuable infrastructure and human lives.
MISSION & VISION
Ohio Wetlands Association is dedicated to the protection, restoration and enjoyment of Ohio’s wetlands and associated ecosystems through science‐based programs, education and advocacy.
OWA envisions the state of Ohio where wetlands are healthy, plentiful, and support ecological and societal needs and where citizens care for, appreciate, and interact with these natural treasures.
OWA is a non‐partisan science‐based nonprofit organization advocating for wetlands. OWA adheres to the following values to guide their work:
- Achieving solutions through thoughtful collaborations with partners in
government, business and other non-profits.
- Inspiring others to enjoy, appreciate, and respect wetlands throughout
- Engaging communities to actively participate in activities that protect and
preserve Ohio’s wetlands.
- Committing to doing high quality work, instilling trust, and ensuring
accountability through measurable goals and work products.