Water Quality Management (208) plans describe and promote efficient and comprehensive programs for controlling water pollution from point and nonpoint sources in a defined geographic area. Ohio EPA reviews and updates, as necessary, the state's 208 Plan.
Areawide Councils of Governments act as the lead planning agencies in 24 Ohio counties (those with large urban populations). These Areawide Agencies prepare and approve the 208 Plan in their counties. The State of Ohio prepares and maintains the 208 Plan applicable in the remaining 64 counties. The Governor then certifies the entire 208 Plan via submission to U.S. EPA for their approval.