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. 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



March 19, 2020
Lake Erie Protection Fund Grants Available through Ohio Lake Erie Commission
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission announces applications are available for the Lake Erie Protection Fund Grant for projects in the Ohio Lake Erie watershed. Grants up to $50,000 will be considered during the current grant cycle. Applications are due May 1, 2020 with selections to be announced at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission meeting on June 17, 2020. Projects should address at least one of the Draft 2020 Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan Strategic Objectives.

March 10, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting Postponed
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has postponed (for a date later to be determined) the quarterly meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center.

March 2, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold March Meeting in Northwest Ohio
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bay Shore Road, Oregon. Parking is available at the meeting location.

February 18, 2020
Ohio Releases Updated Domestic Action Plan Draft
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will host a webinar on Feb. 24, 2020, to answer questions about the draft Ohio Domestic Action Plan 2020 that was released on Jan. 28.

February 5, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Releases 2020 Draft Plan to Protect Lake Erie
Sandusky -- The Ohio Lake Erie Commission released its draft Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2020 (LEPR) for public comment. The LEPR, last published in 2016, reflects actions that the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and its member agencies will take over the next several years to protect, preserve, and restore our Great Lake. The State’s actions complement federal and local partners’ initiatives in the Lake Erie basin and across the region.

January 28, 2020
Ohio Releases Updated Domestic Action Plan Draft
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have released an updated draft of the Ohio Domestic Action Plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

December 4, 2019
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold December Meeting in Columbus
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 10 a.m. at ODNR Headquarters at 2045 Morse Road, Columbus Ohio, Assembly West Conference Room, Building E. Parking is available at the meeting location.

September 18, 2019
Judges Choose Favorite Photos in ‘Life on Lake Erie’ Photo Contest
Eleven diverse photographs won the judges’ compliments as the favorites in the 2019 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Photographers were recognized by the members of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission at its Sept. 18 meeting at the Black River Landing in Lorain.

September 4, 2019
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold September Meeting in Lorain
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane, Lorain.

August 13, 2019
Local Watershed Planning Underway to Reduce Nutrients in Lake Erie Basin
Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts in the Sandusky and Maumee watersheds are beginning to hold meetings for local watershed planning efforts in northwest Ohio, and the Ohio Lake Erie Commission is encouraging residents, community organizations, and other interested parties to participate. These local districts applied for and received Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding for reducing nutrients that cause harmful algae blooms in local streams, rivers, and Lake Erie.

August 12, 2019
Meeting Set for Ashtabula River Area of Concern
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.

June 17, 2019
Akron, Ohio State Researchers Awarded Lake Erie Protection Grants to Study Algae and Nutrient Reduction
(CLEVELAND) – The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has awarded two grants totaling nearly $100,000 to fund research into nutrient reduction and algae impacts on Lake Erie. Funding for the awards comes from donations and proceeds from the sale of Lake Erie Ohio license plates.

May 30, 2019
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold June Meeting in Cleveland
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Port of Cleveland Conference Center meeting room, 1100 West 9th St.

May 17, 2019
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting to Review Grant Applications
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission Grants Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. to review current Lake Erie Protection Fund grant cycle applications. The meeting will be held at The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, 352 West Dodridge St., Columbus.

March 29, 2019
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Seeking Submissions for 2019 “Life on Lake Erie” Photo Contest
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is seeking submissions for its 27th annual “Life on Lake Erie” photo contest, which invites amateur photographers to submit their favorite photos of Lake Erie and surrounding landscapes.

 
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