Nov. 29, 2006 — Governor Taft has certified a major update of the State Water Quality Management (WQM) Plan, including elements of areawide waste treatment management plans (a.k.a. 208 Plans). The plan was formally certified and submitted to U.S. EPA on Sept. 1, 2006 and U.S. EPA approved the Plan on Nov. 14, 2006 (see Recent Correspondence). The package included 208 plan updates or amendments prepared by five of the six Areawide planning agencies in Ohio.
Ohio EPA sought public input on the Plan in several ways, including soliciting updated facility planning information from local communities, holding informational meetings and having a formal comment period on the draft Plan. Comments submitted and the Agency's Responsiveness Summary are available below.
Local officials, planners and the public are encouraged to browse this Web site to learn more about the State WQM Plan and the 208 Plans. Our goal is to create clear and concise plans that protect water quality throughout the State. Major highlights of the State WQM Plan that will be of the most interest to local community leaders are listed below.
Highlights of the 2006 State WQM Plan
|Big Darby Creek storm water permit; lifting sewer moratorium in western Franklin County (ESDA)
||Appendix 9-1 (see individual county sections)
|Other revisions of 2002 Central Scioto Plan Update, including lock-in and opt out requests
||Appendix 9-1, Franklin County section
|Other emerging water quality issues in Central Ohio, specific prescriptions for local facility planning
||Chapters 8 and 9
Appendices 8-1 and 9-1, especially noteworthy are:
|Erie County, formerly part of TMACOG regional planning
||Appendix 9-1 Erie County section
The documents listed below are recent Areawide Agency 208 Plan updates incorporated into the 2006 State WQM Plan.
List of Updates to Areawide Agency 208 Plans
||Amendments to Area Water Quality Plan, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties, Ohio/Facility Planning Area boundaries, wastewater prescriptions and amendment process, per General Policy Board Resolution #s 024-2001, 058-2001, 046-3003, 033-2004
||None at this time
||Areawide Water Quality Plan , 2005 Update to Clean Water 2000 Plan/per resolutions 2005-030; changes to Chapter 4-Wastewater Management Facility Planning; five FPA boundary changes; updated sewer planning options map; certified community-level population and employment allocations
||Clean Water 2000 Water Quality Management Plan
Facility Planning Area Boundary Change/resolution 2005-042; changes to Greater Mentor/Painesville FPA
||Clean Water Plan Ohio River Basin Update Water Quality Management Plan, facility plan updates for Twinsburg and Akron, and Ohio EPA addendum/comprehensive update to 208 Plan
||Amendment #30 Regional Water Quality Management Plan/Facility Planning Area updates in Warren County
||TMACOG Areawide Water Quality Management Plan/comprehensive review and update of 208 Plan
The Plan is available below. The maps presented in Appendix 9-2 are PDF files. They were developed with ESRI ArcMap 9.1 software and are available in that format upon request.
Ohio EPA Materials
Areawide Agency 208 Plan Materials
208 plan - See areawide waste treatment management plan.
areawide plan - See areawide waste treatment management plan.
areawide planning agency (areawide) - An agency, designated by the Governor of Ohio under authority of Section 208 of the Clean Water Act, which has responsibilities for areawide waste treatment management planning within a specified area of a State.
areawide waste treatment management plan (AWTMP) - A plan authorized under Section 208 of the Clean Water Act to develop a comprehensive program(s) for the treatment of water and for controlling water pollution from all point and non-point sources in the geographic area. Commonly known as 208 plans or Areawide Plans. Initial plans were prepared in the 1970's and were a key product necessary for the operation of the construction grant program which provided federal funds for the design and construction of sewage collection and treatment facilities. The 208 plans are updated periodically by the responsible areawide planning agency or the State.
continuing planning process (CPP) - The mechanisms, procedures and methods used in the State to carry out a variety of inter-related programs pursuant to Section 303(e) of the Clean Water Act. Ohio EPA maintains, and periodically updates, a CPP document with the required information.
facility planning area (FPA) - A discrete geographical planning area of sufficient scope to allow for an analysis of various alternatives for the treatment and disposal of wastewater. An FPA established as part of the Section 201 construction grants program was a "study area" for determining the needs and cost effective methods of providing sewer service, and was not intended to equate to a service area. FPA's will continue to be viewed as study areas unless the applicable areawide planning agency establishes alternative definitions as part of the area's 208 plan update. Click here for an example of an FPA.
management agency (MA) - An existing or newly created local, regional, or state agency, political subdivision or other entity that has been given specific water pollution abatement or control responsibilities under the 208 plan. As stipulated in the Clean Water Act, MAs must have the legal authority, managerial capacity and financial resources to carry out assigned responsibilities, and MAs agree to implement the abatement or control measures contained in the 208 plan. Click here for an example of Designated Management Agency delegations.
prescriptions for wastewater treatment - The wastewater management option(s) agreed upon by local communities and the agency responsible for the 208 plan and included in the 208 plan. Prescriptions should be based upon up-to-date planning information and represent current judgments about: when and where central sewer service will be provided within a defined geographic area; through what means; and by which management agency(ies).
projected service area - A discrete geographic area within a facility planning area where population projections, local comprehensive land use planning and other valid means lead to the conclusion that sewer service and central wastewater treatment will likely be needed within a defined planning time horizon (time variable dependent upon local circumstances, typically set at 20 years or less). However, the necessary major infrastructure (e.g., trunk sewer lines, lift stations, interceptors, treatment capacity) to provide for sewage collection and/or treatment does not presently exist.
service area - A discrete geographic area within which a specific governmental jurisdiction or other entity has the authority and major infrastructure needs in place (e.g., trunk sewer lines, lift stations, interceptors, treatment capacity) to provide for the collection and treatment of sewage. The collection and/or treatment of sewage may be provided through legally executed contracts for such services, or other forms of intergovernmental agreements deemed acceptable to the parties involved.
State water quality management plan (WQM Plan) - The planning document prepared by the State of Ohio EPA and certified by the governor pursuant to Sections 208 and 303(e) of the Clean Water Act and regulations at 40 CFR 130.6. The WQM Plan includes initial 208 or areawide plans, or portions thereof that remain relevant, subsequent updates of these areawide plans, and other information required by Section 303(e) (e.g., total maximum daily loads and effluent limits). The WQM Plan has been prepared for specific geographic areas of the State and it includes the separate areawide plans developed by the six areawide agencies.