Natural Resource Assistance Councils (NRAC)
The Clean Ohio Fund was first approved by voters in 2000, and was renewed in 2008. The fund is to preserve natural areas and farmland, protect streams, create outdoor recreation opportunities, and rehabilitate brownfields in urban areas. As part of the administration of the Clean Ohio Fund, each Ohio district has a committee (NRAC) to make local decisions about funding to that district. NRAC membership is a voluntary position without compensation.
The Richland County NRAC, District 16, is comprised of Ashland, Crawford, Hardin, Marion, Richland, Seneca, Wayne and Wyandot Counties. The purpose of the District 16 NRAC shall be the evaluation and selection of projects for funding from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund in the eight counties comprising District 16.
Natural Resource Assistance Councils are required to be organized under Section 164.21 (A) of the Ohio Revised Code have the following responsibilities:
- “A natural resources assistance council shall elect a chairperson, a vice chairperson, and other officers that the council considers appropriate.” O.R.C. 164.21 (B)
- “A council may adopt bylaws governing its operation, including bylaws that establish the frequency of regular meetings and any necessary procedures.” O.R.C. 164.21 (B)
- “A natural resources assistance council shall establish a prioritization and selection methodology system for applications submitted under section 164.23 of the Revised Code. The methodology shall be submitted to and approved by the director of the Ohio public works commission.” O.R.C. 164.24 (B)
- “Natural resources assistance councils shall review and approve or disapprove applications in accordance with sections 164.20 to 164.27 of the Revised Code for grants for projects…”defined in section 164.22 (A) and 164.22 (B) of the Revised Code.
- Natural resources assistance councils shall forward approved projects to the Ohio Public Works Commission for final approval.