1/8/21
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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Lake White Dam Improvements Project

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Jan. 21 

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public meeting on Jan. 21, 2021, to discuss an application for a water quality certification for a proposed project at Lake White Dam.  

The virtual public meeting begins at 6 p.m. with the Agency giving a short presentation about the application and answering questions from the public. A hearing will immediately follow, during which the public may submit written comments on the record about the application. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance for the meeting.

The application was submitted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The proposed project is located at the downstream toe of the Lake White Dam along State Route 104 in Waverly. The project proposes to construct two filter berms associated with rehabilitating and stabilizing Lake White.

Discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality of four forested Category 2 wetlands and one forested Category 3 wetland. Category 2 wetlands support moderate wildlife habitat, or hydrological or recreational functions. Category 3 wetlands have superior habitat, or superior hydrological or recreational functions. Proposed degradation of water quality would be offset through appropriate mitigation. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny the certification.

Comments may be submitted during the virtual public hearing or emailed to the attention of Brandon Beck at epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. All comments received at the virtual hearing or via email by close of business Jan. 28, 2021, will be considered by Ohio EPA prior to final action on this proposal. 

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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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