"Ohio" is an Iroquois word meaning "great water," and its residents are fortunate to border one of the earth's largest lakes, and enjoy many rivers and streams flowing across the landscape. These great waters are the sources we tap for our clean drinking water, a basic need we cannot take for granted.
Increasingly, Ohio communities are working to protect these lakes, streams and rivers, and to thoughtfully conserve the lands that protect and recharge our water sources. By protecting Lake Erie and Ohio's watersheds, we ensure clean water for generations to come.
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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects. You’ll find some of our favorite places on the map below.