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Public Hearing Set for Water Quality Impacts from Route 64 Bridge Project
Meeting to be Held April 19
Ohio EPA will present information and accept comments at a public hearing for a water quality certification related to a proposed bridge replacement at the State Route 64 bridge over the Maumee River at the Lucas-Wood county line. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Waterville City Council Chambers, 25 N. Second St.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is planning to build a new bridge over the river and tear down the current bridge when the new bridge is completed. If approved, the project would place temporary and permanent fill material in the Maumee River and four wetlands, which will affect water quality.
The proposed project may result in a change from the current water quality conditions but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider the technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue or deny a permit. The application and technical support documents are available on Ohio EPA’s website.
Ohio EPA values comments from the public and will accept written comments about the certification until April 26, 2017. Comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to EPA-DSW, Attention Permits Processing unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.