May 24, 2016 Study of Huron River Watershed Underway by Ohio EPA
Ohio EPA has begun a water quality study of the Huron River watershed in Crawford, Erie, Huron, Richland and Seneca counties. The river drains 403 square miles and empties into Lake Erie.
May 13, 2016 Public Meeting to Announce Improvements to Black River Area of Concern
Ohio EPA is proposing U.S. EPA remove two beneficial use impairments (BUIs) from the Black River Area of Concern (AOC) and is holding a public meeting to accept comments as part of the removal recommendation process.
May 12, 2016 Public Hearing Set for Water Quality Impacts From Tuscarawas County Coal Mining Project
Ohio EPA will present information and receive testimony at a public hearing for a proposed wastewater discharge associated with the proposed Oxford Mining Company’s Hunt 4 Adjacent Mining Area located in Clay, Salem and Washington townships, Tuscarawas County. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Gnadenhutten Village Hall, 141 S. Walnut St., Gnadenhutten.
April 19, 2016 Public Hearing Set for Water Quality Impacts from Proposed New Tissue Manufacturer
Ohio EPA will present information and receive testimony at a public hearing for a proposed wastewater discharge from the proposed Sofidel America Corp. facility that would be located 2,500 feet south of the southeastern corner of U.S. 23 and Pittsburg Road, Pickaway Township, Pickaway County. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Pickaway County District Public Library – Main Branch, 1160 N. Court St., Circleville.
April 11, 2016 Public Hearing Set for Water Quality Impacts From Darbydale Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion
Ohio EPA will present information and receive testimony at a public hearing for a proposed wastewater treatment plant expansion that discharges to a tributary of Big Darby Creek located at 6262 London-Groveport Road, Grove City. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016, at Pleasant View Middle School, 7255 Knopp Road, Grove City.
April 4, 2016 Ohio Digging up Ideas for Beneficial Use of Dredge Material
Lake Erie is one of Ohio’s greatest assets and its harbors must be dredged regularly to keep ports open for shipping. Much of the material dredged from the lake currently is dumped into the open waters of the lake. However, most of the material could be used for projects to benefit the environment and economy. In addition, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 1 into law in 2015, which requires open lake disposal of dredged material to end by July 1, 2020.
March 24, 2016 Public Hearing Set for Water Quality Impacts from Big Darby Bridge Construction Project
Ohio EPA will present information and receive testimony at a public hearing for a water quality certification related to a proposed bridge replacement at the County Road 22 bridge over Big Darby Creek near Orient. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Pleasant View Middle School at 7255 Knopp Road, Grove City.
March 24, 2016 Ottawa River Restoration Plan Topic of Public Meeting
Ohio EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have issued a draft restoration plan and environmental assessment for the Ottawa River in Toledo. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 6 p.m. to discuss the plan and listen to comments. The meeting will be in Toledo City Council Chambers, One Government Center, 401 S. Erie St., Toledo.
March 23, 2016 Ohio EPA Decision Clears Way For Cleveland Harbor Dredging
Ohio EPA approved a request by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River, which is essential to allowing shipping traffic to continue using this economically important waterway. No dredged material can be placed in the open lake.
March 9, 2016 Public Hearing Set for Otway Wastewater Discharge and Engineering Permits
Ohio EPA will present information and receive testimony at a public hearing for a proposed project that would establish sewer service in the village of Otway and discharge treated wastewater to Bloody Run, just above the confluence with Scioto Brush Creek. The information session and hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2016, in the Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia St., Portsmouth.
February 29, 2016 Ohio EPA Seeks Input on Cleveland Harbor Dredging; March 10 Public Hearing Set Regarding Annual Dredging Project
Maintenance dredging in the Cuyahoga River federal navigation channel will be the focus of a March 10, 2016, Ohio EPA public meeting. The information session and hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at Cleveland Metroparks’ Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek, 2277 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma.
February 23, 2016 Ohio’s Recent Efforts to Strengthen Lake Erie Water Quality Give It Jump-Start on New Targets Announced by U.S. EPA
In Washington D.C. at a Great Lakes Commission semi-annual meeting today, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will announce new state targets for reducing phosphorus in the Great Lakes. The 40 percent phosphorus reduction target identified by U.S. EPA is the same as that adopted earlier by Ohio through its 2013 Phosphorus Task Force II report and closely follows the path Ohio has already taken by working to establish the Western Lake Erie Basin Collaborative Agreement.
February 16, 2016 Ohio EPA Holds Public Hearing on Proposed HAB Reporting Rules for Public Water Systems and Laboratories
Proposed rules for public drinking water systems and laboratories on the reporting and monitoring of harmful algal blooms (HABs) will be the focus of a Feb. 24, 2016, Ohio EPA public hearing.
January 26, 2016 Ohio EPA Receives Results from Water Testing at Sebring-Area Schools
Extensive water samples taken by Ohio EPA Sunday evening at three local schools near Sebring show that 121 of the 123 samples are below the federal allowable level, and those that were above the federal allowable level are contained to drinking water fountains, not the incoming water supply to the building. Some older drinking water fountains, some of which have been recalled, have been shown to be problematic due to internal parts containing lead. Ohio EPA has provided this information to the Mahoning County director of public health and the superintendent of schools so they can determine when schools will open and take any precautionary measures that may be appropriate.
December 23, 2015 Mifflin to Improve Wastewater Treatment, Reduce Nutrients; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA
A new wastewater treatment system will help Mifflin improve water quality in Charles Mill Lake by capturing and treating wastewater from 60 homes and 10 businesses currently served by home septic treatment systems (HSTS). Some of the existing systems are failing and cause water quality problems when untreated or partially-treated sewage migrates from individual properties to streams, lakes and other public recreational areas.