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

Credible Data - References

Credible Data is a program that classifies surface water monitoring performed by watershed groups, state agencies, schools, local volunteers and other organizations. Ohio EPA uses the data submitted under the program in ways prescribed by State law.

Important Reminders

Landowner's Permission

All persons engaged in water quality sampling must obtain the permission of landowners before entering private property. Take the time for this important step because any person convicted of criminal trespass is ineligible to participate in Ohio's Credible Data Program under the credible data law.

Any Qualified Data Collector (QDC) overseeing sampling by non-QDCs must confirm those samplers have also not been found guilty of a trespassing violation within the last five years. We recommend having your samplers confirm this in writing.

Collection of Biological Samples

The collection of biological samples (fish, macroinvertebrates, mussels, etc.) may require a scientific collector's permit issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. More information is presented under Application Forms.