Ohio River Restoration and Protection

Restoring the Ohio River: A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity

Roebling Suspension Bridge
View of the Ohio River from the bank of Marietta, OH on a sunny day. The bank of the river with foliage is in the foreground and a bridge is seen in the background.

The Ohio River flows through Marietta, Ohio.

The Ohio River runs 981 miles from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., supplying drinking water to over 5 million people, providing a home for fish and wildlife, and serving as the foundation of the region’s cultural and economic identity.

The Ohio River and the rivers and wetlands that feed it provide drinking water to millions of people, but they face serious threats such as sewage contamination, toxic pollution, mine waste, inadequate water infrastructure, farm runoff, invasive species, and flooding. The National Wildlife Federation is working with partners to develop an action plan to address these issues, before they get worse and more expensive to solve.


Join Us in Restoring the Ohio River

The National Wildlife Federation is collaborating with local, state, and regional partners throughout the Ohio River basin to develop a bold plan to restore and protect the waters of the 14-state Ohio River region, which includes Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The plan seeks to address health-threatening pollution, reverse environmental injustices, and promote strong local economies.

Centering Community Voices

People impacted by problems deserve a say in the solutions. That’s why the National Wildlife Federation, in collaboration with partners in the region, is holding community listening sessions to get local residents’ voices heard. Public input is vital to inform the clean water and conservation priorities in the Ohio River restoration and protection plan. We hope that you’ll get involved today.

Where We Work

More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 52 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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