For Immediate Release

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) investments announced today are welcome news. The additional $46.4 million for reclamation and remediation of legacy pollution sites will help Ohio address its backlog of pre-regulatory, abandoned mines. These projects are important for the mine-impacted communities in Ohio to promote health and safety, clean up waterways, create jobs, and reduce emissions.

Rural Action has partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and regional watershed groups for over 25 years, and together we have contributed to the restoration of 74 miles of streams that were previously dead. This work strengthens communities and creates economic opportunities and employment options, and we are excited about the state receiving this infusion of additional funds to scale up these restoration efforts.

Rural Action is a regional community development organization with a 32-county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of quality of life, environmental, and economic projects across rural Appalachian Ohio. Its mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. Learn more about Rural Action at


Alexandria Polanosky
Rural Action Media and Communications Director
740 677 4047 ext. 140