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Ohio EPA Holding Meeting about Annual Toledo Harbor Dredging Project
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018, to accept comments on a proposal for the annual dredging of the Toledo Harbor federal navigational channel. The meeting will take place at Toledo City Council Chambers, One Government Center, 640 Jackson St.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has applied for a water quality certification for the project, which involves dredging the lake approach channel between Lake Mile 2.5 and Lake Mile 13. Dredged material would be disposed in the southwestern portion of the approved open lake disposal area located about 3.5 miles from the Toledo Harbor lighthouse. Dredging would not start before July 1 and would not occur during storm events.
The Army Corps is requesting to place up to 800,000 cubic yards of material into the open lake. In 2017, the Army Corps contributed 35,000 cubic yards of dredge material to a beneficial use project at the Riverside confined disposal facility through an agreement with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Center of Innovation for the Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediment. The Army Corps could place up to 60,000 cubic yards of material at the site if the agreement with the local partners continues this year.
During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details about the proposed project. During the hearing, which follows the information session, the public can submit comments and questions for the record regarding the application.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the annual dredging application through April 5, 2018. Anyone may submit written comments or request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216 1049, or emailing email@example.com. The application and related materials are available for review online.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.