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DSW Interested Party Review

The interested party review (IPR) process is designed to allow interested parties, stakeholders or citizens to make comments regarding the rule prior to adoption. The IPR process is the second step in the rulemaking process. Whereas the Early Stakeholder Outreach process asked for general comments on anticipated rule changes, the IPR process asks interested parties, stakeholders or citizens to make comments on the draft rule language developed by Ohio EPA.

During the IPR process, Ohio EPA is required to submit a Business Regulation Impact Analysis (BIA) to the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSIO). CSIO has two options for the BIA:
1. Prepare and send recommendations to Ohio EPA for eliminating or reducing adverse impacts.
2. Allow 16 days to pass without preparing and sending recommendations.

Based on comments received from interested parties or the CSIO, Ohio EPA may choose to revise the rules further before proposing them to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).

Please see below for a listing of draft rules the Agency has made available for interested party review.

Beneficial Use Designations 2020

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-1 contains the Water Quality Standards program rules. These rules contain: beneficial use designations such as warmwater aquatic life habitat, public water supply and primary contact recreation; numeric levels and narrative statements (water quality criteria) protective of the use designations; and procedures for applying the water quality criteria to wastewater dischargers.

Beneficial use designations are the water quality goals for lakes, rivers, streams and other water bodies. Designations include such uses as aquatic life habitats (warmwater, coldwater, etc.), recreation (bathing waters, primary contact, secondary contact) and water supplies (public, agricultural, industrial).

Beneficial use designations are assigned to specific water bodies in Chapter 3745-1 of the OAC. Each of the 23 major drainage basins or watersheds in the state is assigned a rule in Chapter 3745-1. Specific water quality criteria are associated with each beneficial use and are the minimum specific target conditions to be maintained in the water bodies. Together the uses and criteria may be the basis for permit limits in wastewater discharge permits and conditions in Section 401 water quality certifications.

This rulemaking includes review of beneficial use designations in 4 basins. Please see the fact sheet and draft rules below for specific information.

For more information about the Water Quality Standards program, visit the Water Quality Standards Program web page.

Available documents

Draft Rules

3745-1-08 Hocking river drainage basin. Amend
3745-1-15 Little Beaver creek drainage basin. Amend
3745-1-18 Little Miami river drainage basin. Amend
3745-1-22 Chagrin river drainage basin. Amend
*Text to be deleted is struck out; new text is underlined.
The comment deadline is December 17, 2021.

Support Documents

OAC Rule 3745-1-08, 3745-1-15, 3745-1-18 and 3745-1-22 Beneficial Use Recommendations Summary for Select Tributaries in the Little Beaver Creek, Hocking, Chagrin and Little Miami River Drainage Basins (OAC 3745-1), 2021
OAC Rule 3745-1-08 OEPA Report: “2016 and 2017 Biological and Habitat Studies of the Rivers and Streams in 33 Section 319(h) and SWIF/GLRI Project Areas in Ohio”
OAC Rule 3745-1-18 2012 MBI Report

2017 MBI Report

For additional information or to submit comments

By e-mail: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov

If you would like further information about this rulemaking, please contact Audrey Rush at (614) 644-2035.