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. 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.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Heidi Griesmer

Ohio EPA Offering Info Sessions in February for Surface Water Improvement Grants

Communities and organizations interested in learning how to apply for grants to improve water quality can attend upcoming information sessions Ohio EPA is holding on the Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) grant program.

Each session will begin at 10 a.m. and will last about 90 minutes. Ohio EPA representatives will present information and answer questions about the grant process.

Sessions include:

  • Northeast: Thursday, Feb. 9, Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, 2110 E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg;
  • Southwest: Tuesday, Feb. 21, Ohio EPA Southwest District Office, 401 E. Fifth St., Dayton;
  • Central: Thursday, Feb. 23, Ohio EPA Central Office, 50 W. Town St., Suite 700, 6th floor, Columbus;
  • Northwest: Friday, Feb. 24, Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 N. Dunbridge Rd., Bowling Green.

Habitat alteration, modification of natural flow with dams and levees, excessive sediment and nutrient enrichment are the greatest causes of stream degradation in Ohio. SWIF grants are designed to demonstrate improvements in practices that keep soil, excess nutrients and pesticides out of waterways.

More than $2 million will be made available statewide. Following a competitive review process, grants of varying amounts are available to local governments, park districts, conservation organizations such as soil and water conservation districts and others. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • stream restoration and riparian protection;
  • innovative storm water demonstration practices such as green roofs and rain gardens;
  • green infrastructure; and
  • wetland restoration and protection.

Ohio EPA is accepting grant applications until March 31 for projects in Cuyahoga County and April 30 for the rest of the state. The request for proposals and applications are available online.