WHO WE ARE
Ohio Wetlands Association
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.
Midwest Biodiversity Institute
The Midwest Biodiversity Institute is a scientific research and education non-profit organization. We are dedicated to the development and application of scientific methods and techniques to evaluate, protect and restore the environment.
MBI specializes in aquatic resource management by performing bio-assessments of rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands, as well as botanical, crayfish, and herpetological surveys. We place special emphasis on the development of high-quality comprehensive monitoring and assessment programs, and provide direct technical support and policy advice to all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and private groups. Through these efforts, we assist our clients toward better-informed decisions.
MBI provides technical training in aquatic resource monitoring and assessment methods. We also offer programs that reach out to the public with valuable hands-on learning and field experiences that create an awareness of our natural resources. Driving all of our work is our belief that, by using the best scientific methods, we can accomplish significant improvements in our environment and ensure a legacy of clean water for future generations.