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 firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, 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. 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.



11/9/20
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Ohio EPA Offering Grants for Water Quality Improvement Projects

Ohio EPA is accepting applications for water quality improvement grants for projects that restore streams; reduce nonpoint source pollutants such as nutrients, sediments, acid mine drainage, and bacteria; improve stream and riparian habitat; and/or reverse the effects of stream modification.

Grant applications are due to Ohio EPA by Nov. 27, 2020. Applicants may be eligible for 100 percent funding for these projects. Projects can have a maximum three-year term.

Funding is being made available through Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act, which addresses nonpoint source pollution affecting lakes and streams. Ohio EPA anticipates providing $2.5 million in funding available to local governments, park districts, soil and water conservation districts, and others.

To be eligible, projects must be included in a watershed plan known as a Nine-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy. Projects that will reduce nutrients, eliminate impairments, or restore impaired stream segments and wetlands are a higher priority than general nonpoint source pollution prevention projects. Projects also may address nonpoint source pollution threats to high quality waters.

More information and the application for 2021 grants are available on Ohio EPA’s website. Prospective applicants should review the announcement and application forms carefully and submit applications or direct questions to John Mathews, nonpoint source program manager, at john.mathews@epa.ohio.gov; or to Rick Wilson, technical program specialist, at rick.wilson@epa.ohio.gov

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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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