Thanks to Sen. Sherrod Brown, from Ohio, for pushing the Clean Water Restoration Act, which would protect wetlands and other aquatic resources across the state. [Info] On April 25, the Ohio Environmental Council will begin its annual series of tours showcasing the beauty of the Buckeye State. On tap this year are a wading trip through Big Darby Creek and a tallgrass prairie walk. Here's a fantastic story about how federal money could benefit the Great Lakes, the most important of America's natural resources. (Yes, I'm biased.) Join amateur outdoor photographers this Saturday, April 5, for the Photo Prowl at Blendon Woods in Westerville.

(Jeff Hinckley photo)