As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

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.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946


Ohio EPA Awards $4,918 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Organization in Erie and Ottawa Counties

Ohio EPA is awarding a nearly $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant to the Put-in-Bay Township Park District for the Lake Erie Island Water Trails project. Ten projects throughout the state were funded for $39,314.

Ohio EPA grant funding will support the publication of a guide, researched by The National Park Service and involving multiple partners. The Lake Erie Islands Water Trails Guide, defines paddling routes with public access sites and safety, natural history and cultural history information. The grant will also allow the placement of interpretive signs at each access point, providing information on the cultural and natural history from the guide, critical habitat resources, invasive species, harmful algal blooms and human impact on water quality. The guide will encourage recreational users of the Lake Erie Islands to use the area safely, reduce conflicts with private property owners nearby, protect vulnerable natural resources and encourage stewardship. Partnering organizations include the National Park Service, Ohio Clean Marinas Program, Ohio Chapter of the American Canoe Association, Ohio Sea Grant and the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

Each year the Ohio Environmental Education Fund issues grants for education projects for kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community.

The next grant application deadline is January 15, 2016, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by Jan. 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (614) 644-2873.


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.