PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss
Study of Several Ohio River Tributaries Underway by Ohio EPA
Ohio EPA has begun a water quality study of several Ohio River tributaries located in Adams, Brown, and Scioto counties.
Ohio EPA is collecting water and sediment samples, fish and macroinvertebrate species through October. The physical, biological and chemical data will help determine water quality in the streams and identify any problem areas. Ohio EPA will share its results in a report with communities in the watershed. Ohio EPA will help develop options for improving water quality in any impaired areas and work with local communities to implement solutions.
Among the creeks being surveyed are Eagle, Straight and Turkey creeks. Communities in the study area include Ripley, Russellville, West Union and Shawnee State Forest.
Ohio EPA staff typically uses public access points and public rights of way to access streams and, if needed, will ask permission to access private property. All Ohio EPA staff carries photo identification.
For more information, contact Ohio EPA’s Public Interest Center at (614) 644-2160. More information about this study is available online.
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.