6/15/17
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Settles
CITIZEN CONTACT: Darla Peelle

Public Meeting Regarding Improvements to Cuyahoga River Area of Concern

Ohio EPA intends to propose removing two beneficial use impairments (BUIs) from the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC) and is holding a public meeting to accept comments as part of the removal recommendation process.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive, Parma. Members of the public are welcome to attend to learn about the BUI change proposals and provide comments.

BUIs identify specific problems in a waterbody that keep it from meeting its full potential. In 1992, the AOC advisory committee identified nine BUIs that were degrading the Cuyahoga River and needed to be addressed. Two of those impairments, the degradation of aesthetics and public access, have improved significantly over the last 25 years and Ohio EPA intends to ask U.S. EPA to remove them from the list. 

This significant milestone was achieved through the perseverance and collaborative efforts of dedicated local, state and federal partners. There are additional steps to be taken to reach the goal of removing the remaining BUIs. As each BUI removal goal is met, Ohio EPA will notify the community, seek public input and submit additional BUI removal recommendations to U.S. EPA.

To learn more about the current removal recommendations, visit www.cuyahogaaoc.org. Written comments concerning the recommendations may be

submitted at the meeting or mailed to: Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, attn.: Ted Conlin, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087. Comments also may be emailed to ted.conlin@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends July 28.

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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.


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