Beneficial Use Goals
Ohio has a variety of high quality water resources. Goals have been set to track trends in water quality for many years. In the early 1990s, Ohio EPA established a goal of fully attaining the designated aquatic life use in 80 percent of Ohio’s streams and rivers by 2010. The purpose of the goal was not to supersede the Clean Water Act goal of 100 percent attainment for all uses, but rather to provide a reasonable target against which to track water quality improvements in Ohio. The 2010 Integrated Report marked the final accounting of “80 by 2010” goal progress and proposed new goals for the aquatic life beneficial use. New goals for all four beneficial uses included in the Integrated Report were established in the 2012 report. Progress toward these goals is discussed in each IR cycle.
In the 2016 Integrated Report, goals for the four beneficial uses were established, with the expectation that progress toward the goals will be reported every two years in future Integrated Reports. The tables in each link below list the goal; the statistic that will be tracked to measure progress; and the baseline and current status for each goal. A summary of the 2020 beneficial use goals is located in the tabs below.