MEDIA CONTACT: Lynn Garrity, Ohio Lake Erie Commission or Anthony Chenault, Ohio EPA
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss, Ohio EPA

Meeting Set for Ashtabula River Area of Concern

Information Session Scheduled August 26, 2019

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed removal of a beneficial use impairment for fish tumors and other deformities within the Ashtabula River Area of Concern.

Beneficial Use Impairments identify specific problems that can prevent a waterbody from meeting its full water quality potential. The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio EPA are recommending the “fish tumors and other deformities” beneficial use impairment be removed because conditions meet restoration target criteria.

An information session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, August 26, 2019, at the Harbor-Topky Memorial Library, 1633 Walnut Blvd., Ashtabula. 

Written comments will be accepted through Sept. 9. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. Comments can be mailed to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Northeast District Office, Attn: Melanie Barbis, 2110 East Aurora Rd., Twinsburg, Ohio 44087 or email melanie.barbis@epa.ohio.gov.

OLEC was established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem and promote economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources and five additional members appointed by the governor.


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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