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After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.


2018 Ohio Sport Fish Consumption Advisory Highlights Significant Improvements

Ohio EPA has announced the state’s new guidelines for eating fish caught from Ohio’s lakes, rivers and streams. Fish can be part of a healthy diet. Unless otherwise notated in the new recommendations, a general advisory is in place that recommends limiting to one meal each week of Ohio-caught fish. The updated recommendations based on fish data collected in summer 2017 include several improvements, such as:

Guilford Lake (Columbiana County) Two meals per week common carp and largemouth bass, and unrestricted consumption of bluegill sunfish, channel catfish and white crappie

Indian Lake (Logan County) Unrestricted consumption of black crappie, bluegill, sunfish, channel catfish, common carp and saugeye.

Lake Nesmith (Summit County) Previous do not eat advisory for channel catfish has been lifted in favor of a one meal per month recommendation.

Maumee River (Wood/Lucas Counties – Perrysburg to Lake Erie) Previous one meal per two months of channel catfish has been upgraded to one meal per month. 

Portage Canal (Summit County) Previous do not eat advisory for channel catfish has been lifted in favor of a one meal per month recommendation.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) Two meals per week common carp and channel catfish and unrestricted consumption of bluegill sunfish. 

Sugar Creek (Tuscarawas County) River Mile 12 to mouth of creek unrestricted consumption of bluegill sunfish. 

Summit Lake (Summit County) Previous do not eat advisory for channel catfish has been lifted in favor of one meal per month recommendation. 

The only new Do Not Eat Advisory added to this year’s Ohio fish consumption recommendations is for common carp in the Tuscarawas River between Massillon and New Philadelphia. This designation is based on Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) found in the tissue of common carp in this river section. Ohio EPA is researching potential causes of these contaminants. 

Ohio EPA partners with Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Natural Resources to develop the Sport Fish Consumption Advisory. Additional information about fish consumption safety for women of child-bearing age, pregnant and nursing mothers, and children under 15 can be found at Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Centers, local health departments, Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources regional offices.

Additional recommendations and information from the 2018 fish consumption advisory is available online. Printed copies can be requested by calling (614) 644-2160.


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.

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