Ohio Department of Natural Resources

photo of the Maumee River
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The Maumee River could become Ohio’s next water trail thanks to a joint effort by the Metroparks of the Toledo Area and the Defiance Soil and Water Conservation District.

The two groups are applying to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to develop the 108-mile river for recreational use.

Photo of Little Beaver Creek
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Ohio’s government watchdog is recommending changes with the agency that issues permits for oil and gas drilling in Ohio.

Ohio’s inspector general says his office found a series of issues in the Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources. The investigation says that office failed to refund at least 47 over-payments for well applications, totaling more than $13,000.

map of Ohio drought conditions on September 13, 2016
NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER

Almost a fifth of the state is in a moderate drought, and the federal department of agriculture says about half of Ohio is listed as “abnormally dry." And that lack of rain is having a mixed effect on farmland, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer.

photo of Gov. Kasich's oil and gas drilling executive order
OHIO GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

Ohio is rolling out a new response system in the case of oil and gas drilling emergencies. 

Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order creating a 24/7 emergency hotline for oil and gas companies.

Calling the number is a one-stop-shop that will connect the drilling operation with state services from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to the Environmental Protection Agency to the State Fire Marshal.

photo of Gary Mohr at cabin
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A new state partnership has formed to increase the number of cabins available at Ohio’s parks -- built by Ohio’s inmates. 

While touring the Ohio Department of Natural Resources park at the Ohio State Fair, visitors can spot a newly built, single unit, air conditioned cabin. The cabin is a prototype of what the state plans to put in about 24 of its parks.

Inmates housed at the Chillicothe prison will be in charge of building more than 60 of these cabins.

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