ODNR announces new engineer for the Western Lake Erie Basin

To continue ongoing efforts toward improving water quality in northwest Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has hired Justin McBride of Dola to serve as an agricultural engineer for the Western Lake Erie Basin.

“We are actively working to improve water quality throughout our state, with an emphasis in the Western Lake Erie Basin,” said Karl Gebhardt, chief of the ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources. “Our goal is to ensure we have the right technical people to help farmers implement best management practices to address ag nutrients.”

The ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources oversees the execution of the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative – Western Lake Erie Basin Nutrient Reduction program. McBride’s position involves working with agricultural producers and landowners on the design, implementation and monitoring of specific best management practices that address the nutrient challenges in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

McBride is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in food, agriculture and biological engineering, with a specific focus on soil and water engineering. His applied experience with controlled drainage structures and water management will allow him to assist the efforts of existing staff and partners in protecting and improving water quality in Lake Erie. McBride will be based out of the division’s field office in Findlay.

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