The Division of Water Restoration Assistance is responsible for providing financial assistance to fund projects that improve the quality and quantity of the water resources of the state. The division was formed in 2015 when several significant water project funding programs collected from around the agency and brought together under one leadership. Formal adoption of the division was completed by the Legislature in 2016.
The Division of Water Restoration Assistance provides loans and grants to local governments, utilities and sometimes other agencies for projects that improve the quality and quantity of the state's water resources and provide a significant benefit to the environment and local communities. These projects improve stormwater quality, reduce pollutants entering surface water and ground water, conserve energy or water, protect springs, collect and treat wastewater, produce and distribute drinking water, provide alternative water supply, nourish beaches, reclaim old mined land, and restore habitat/enhance recreation through the Deepwater Horizon program.
Division staff also manage legislative appropriated water-related projects, including springs restoration funding.
Please select from the funding programs available below to learn more about eligibility and application requirements. Please note that a project may be eligible for and receive funds from more than one funding source. We are here to assist in funding needs.
Trina Vielhauer, Director, Division of Water Restoration Assistance
Trina previously served the Department of Environmental Protection as Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. Before that, she was the Deputy Director for the Division of Air Resource Management and the Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Air Regulation, responsible for air permitting and compliance activities. Prior to embarking on program area activities, Trina served as a senior general counsel in DEP’s Office of General Counsel (water and air enforcement issues) and an Assistant Attorney General at Ohio’s Attorney General’s Office (solid waste, hazardous waste and air enforcement). Trina holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Bowling Green State University and obtained a dual Master of Arts (public policy)/Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State University.
Need help finding the right funding source for your community's water project or program? Here you will find a handy table of the various funding sources for local governments, state agencies, utilities and other entities eligible to possibly construct, plan, design or manage a water-related project, including beach restoration projects and water-quality education programs. Contact division......Read More
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