The Storm Water Technical Assistance Section assists local and state governments, developers, contractors, designers with controlling the negative impacts associated with new and existing development, including increased runoff, polluted storm water, stream erosion and loss of floodplain services. This section provides guidance for cost-effective and preventive measures (best management practices) that can be applied to limit these impacts during construction and after development. These practices control erosion and trap sediments during construction, treat pollutants from developed areas and reduce storm water runoff and protect downstream waters. Practice standards and specifications are available through the Rainwater and Land Development manual. Training for the development industry, as well as state and local government personnel, is offered for practice design, storm water management plan review and construction site inspection.
This section delivers economic, social and environmental value to Ohioans by helping developers and communities ensure projects minimize or mitigate environmental impacts in the most cost effective manner. For example, developers, contractors and local government employees are trained how to design, build and inspect storm water practices that reduce sediment, pollution and other impacts to Ohio’s streams and lakes.