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

The Resource rss

Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs.

The Glen Helen Nature Preserve (aka the Glen) in Yellow Springs is one of Southwest Ohio’s most popular natural areas because of its natural features like rolling wooded hills, numerous small streams, a significant portion of frontage along the National and State-designated Scenic Little Miami River, and a multitude of diverse flora and fauna, including several endangered species. In addition, the diversity of the area provides important educational and recreational opportunities, providing programs for both children and adults that seek to develop their appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of environmental problems along with the ecological principles that influence them.

Several years ago, the Tecumseh Land Trust and other partners negotiated conservation easements and fee-simple land purchases to protect approximately 1,000 acres of the preserve. Two partners in this project were Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance through our Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program, and Warren County, sponsoring the project as part of the loan funding package associated with their major wastewater treatment facility upgrade. Combining forces, DEFA and Warren County contributed more than $1.3 million toward the total $3 million protection project cost.

The hard work and dedication of all the project partners was celebrated at the Glen in a ceremony on Nov. 8, 2015. Ohio EPA DEFA is proud to be part of the effort that will protect the Glen Helen Nature Preserve and its valuable water resources for the enjoyment of both present and future generations. If you would like more information about our various funding assistance opportunities, please call us at (800) 329-7518.